Healthy diet 'essential' for people with dementia

Posted on 21 March 2011

It is essential for people with dementia, who may be paying for long term care, to get a healthy diet to prevent other health problems, Care UK has said.

Karen Morrison, head of service design for residential care services at Care UK, said in a pilot project the company looked at the impact of issues such as meal times, presentation of meals and the use of appropriate cutlery to enhance the dining experience.

"Eating too little or missing out on essential nutrients will reduce resistance to illness and may also increase confusion," she added.

"A good intake of fluids is also essential, as being well-hydrated can assist in the reduction of some of the symptoms such as agitation, confusion and restlessness."

Care UK staff in Surrey recently took a number of steps to help people paying for care in their facilities feel more at home, including installing real fireplaces in lounges and making dining rooms smaller and separate from the lounge areas.

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