Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 08:20 BST on Friday, 27th July 2012.
 
NHS Lanarkshire think food for thought, as dietitians issue dementia food advice

NHS Lanarkshire have given carers more information about the correct diet to encourage a patient with dementia to eat. 

NHS Lanarkshire have said that carers who look after someone with dementia have been given extra support and information, thanks to a leaflet created by dietitians from NHS Lanarkshire. 

Dementia may cause challenges at meal times due to reduced hunger, a change in food preferences or tasks such as preparing or cooking food becoming difficult, and the leaflet provides tips on planning meals and how to make small changes that can make mealtimes more enjoyable and less stressful. 

Commenting, Gillian Banks, Specialist Dietitian for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The way dementia affects a person’s life is different for each individual. This is also true for eating and drinking. 

“When someone changes their eating habits or finds it difficult to eat, it can be difficult and distressing for the person and for those who care for them. This leaflet gives advice on how to tackle the everyday problems which may occur with eating and drinking.” 

The leaflet provides tips on what to do if the persons taste changes or if they are struggling to complete meals. It also gives advice for times when the person forgets that they have already eaten or become easily distracted at meal times. 

A copy of the ‘Dementia Care - Support with eating and drinking’ leaflet can be downloaded from the NHS Lanarkshire eLament website,
www.elament.org.uk.