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Dementia; The Dining Experience

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Consider the dining environment

The dining environment and surroundings can affect how well a person with  dementia eats.Helping a person with dementia to eat may take 45 minutes to an hour.  

Relaxed and social surroundings can add a sense of security, familiarityand structure to the day for a person with dementia.The following practical ideas may serve as a guide for planning mealtimes for a person with dementia:

Have a dedicated dining room

Meal preparation is the key to success

Table setting – Keep it simple and use contrasting colours

The person with dementia may not always identify their own space at the table and take food belonging to someone else. Use a placement or tray to help the person to recognise their place.

Try to eat with the person

Does the person with dementia have a best time of day for eating?

Would you eat the same meal?

Useful links for people with dementia and their carers (Ireland):

Updated by members of the Older Person and Dementia Interest Group May 2016.

Review date: May 2019

© 2016 Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute, INDI. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in its entirety provided source is acknowledged. This information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor or individual counselling with a dietitian. It is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

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