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Nutrition and good appetites are key to maintaining the health of those with dementia. Trouble with physical mobility, appetite or overwhelming environment can make mealtimes difficult. Dining shouldn’t be a challenge or a time for stress, it should be a time to enjoy a meal in a social setting and participate in conversations with others.
Meals with plenty of vegetables, fruits and lean proteins are essential for a balanced diet for those with dementia. Refined sugars, high saturated fat, cholesterol and high sodium should be limited. It’s important for those with dementia to have a good appetite. Some causes of a poor appetite include recognizing food, side effects of medication or not getting enough exercise.
“We make sure our residents get the best nutrition in a calm, understanding and safe environment,” says Monique Carter, Wellness Director of Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. “Our exceptional staff, beautiful dining room and delicious meals all work together to create an optimal dining experience for our residents.”
Dementia can be difficult, but there are specific techniques to make dining a pleasant and friendly experience. Adaptability and mindfulness of how dementia affects eating habits and food taste will help to develop plans for meals in the future.
Impressions Memory Care is dedicated to providing residents with a warm, welcoming home staffed with kind, compassionate people who are always ready to give the best care possible. Dining at Impressions is a comfortable and thoughtful experience and will certainly meet the needs of those with dementia. Impressions has:
Dining with dementia requires thoughtful preparation that is both safe and enjoyable for those with dementia. Proper nutrition and the right environment are needed for those with dementia to get the most out of mealtimes. By implementing techniques like making the setting simple and intimate and being mindful of what kind of food is being served, one can improve the dining experience of the person with dementia. Remembering to include the social aspect at mealtimes is a great way to encourage eating and make it a pleasant time for the person with dementia and his or her caregiver.
“Impressions is dedicated to making the community feel and run just like a home. Mealtimes at home are meant to be delicious and a great time to socialize, and we make sure to provide that for our residents,” says Monique.“Dementia can make dining difficult, but Impressions has the techniques that make dining a fun and relaxed event for residents.”
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Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comforts of home. Our community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
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