Essay on Support Individuals to Eat and Drink

2500 WordsSep 26, 201310 Pages
Support Individuals to Eat and Drink 1 : Be able to support individuals to make choices about food and drink 1.1. Establish with an individual the food and drink they wish to consume Service users should always have the freedom to make choices about food and drink, thus the carer has to support them to make these choices, also taking into consideration dietary issues (possible allergies, diabetes, food intolerance) and prohibited foods due to medication (e.g. cranberry when on Warfarin). This information, as well as the medication is included in the care plan. Then, by direct communication with the service user, using his/her chosen form of communication, the carer establishes what he/she wishes to have. Communication can be…show more content…
2 : Be able to prepare to provide support for eating and drinking 2.1. Identify the level and type of support an individual requires when eating and drinking There is a need to identify the level and type of support an individual requires when eating and drinking. Any support while eating or drinking is to be provided respecting the service user’s human dignity, while the carer is exhibiting warmth and a calm attitude. The care plan informs whether the service user is able to feed him/herself, or needs assistance. Many service users will feed themselves when starting their meal, but will get tired and will then require assistance. The hands of service users with Parkinson’s may have to be gently directed so that they manage eating independently. The carer may need to cut the food for the service user. Service users with chewing difficulties, or swallowing precautions, or a history of choking need to be supervised while eating. Of course, these service users will also get a soft diet. Service users living with dementia may reject food which to them resembles to gruesome things (e.g., they may think meat bits in a dark sauce are cocroaches), therefore person-centered support is important. Service users with learning disabilities may find it hard to estimate distances, so the carer will make sure plates and glasses are well within their reach. 2.2. Demonstrate effective hand-washing and use of protective clothing when
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