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……I therefore decided to try a new approach and over a few days I simply sat in the dining room and observed some mealtimes. I learnt more in these few hours than I had the last few months working in the care homes……
Increasing nutritional intake and preventing weight loss by using oral nutrition supplements (ONS) in people living with dementia is not as simple as it sounds. Whether ONS are even indicated as an effective intervention is open to debate.
Improving the mealtime care for people living with dementia is complex. There are however many things that can be done to help support a person with dementia at a mealtime.
The DMAT helps anyone caring for a person living with dementia to create a person centred care plan in 3 simple steps