RDs: Observing meals is best way to help dementia patients

08/26/2013 | Today's Dietitian

Dementia patients in long-term-care facilities often have problems with self-feeding, swallowing and appetite, and registered dietitians should work to counteract those problems, RD Suzanne Emery says. Making the rounds at mealtime, rather than relying on patient interviews, is a better way for RDs to observe behaviors and food preferences, dietitians said, and to determine whether patients need help eating or can feed themselves.

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