Providing Nutritional Help to Someone in Stroke Care
Patients requiring stroke care often have difficulty with meals. It may difficult to chew or swallow, or it might be too hard to get food up to their mouth. The person who has suffered a stroke may not even remember to eat if his or her memory has been affected.
Always ask your doctor for assistance choosing a meal plan for your loved one in stroke care. These suggestions may be helpful, as well:
Encourage Consistent Meal Times
- Encourage a consistent schedule for meals. Your loved one in stroke care will probably consume more if dining with a loved one. A consistent meal time will be helpful, along with patience and ample time provided for slow eating.
- What is the best time? Perhaps a late breakfast is better for someone in stroke care than an early morning meal? Figure out what works best.
- Nutrient-dense foods are needed. You can help rebuild your loved one’s strength and stamina with healthy foods while in stroke care.
- Everyone has taste preferences. Satisfy the requests of preferred foods if they are easy to chew and swallow and offer nutritional value, as well.
Softer Food is Usually Best
- Blended fruits or veggies: Create smoothies from fruits and vegetables to help with easy-to-swallow nutrition.
- Yogurt is soft and creamy: Yogurt might be a favorite choice of your loved one since it’s creamy smooth and easy to swallow.
- Fiber and grains are important: Prepared oatmeal is loaded with fiber and is easier to chew and swallow than other grains.
- Eggs are fast and easy: Most people like eggs and they are a good source of protein and other beneficial nutrients.
- Soft desserts: Everyone can enjoy sweets occasionally, but low-nutrition items should only be eaten on occasion.
- Ready-to-drink replacement meals: These high-calorie, high-protein shakes are easy for people in stroke care.
- Avoid peanut butter: Peanut butter or anything sticky can create a choking hazard and should be avoided.
- Special utensils: Utensils that are cushioned or have specialized grips can be easily found online and may be helpful to someone in stroke care so eating independently is possible once more.
Seek Help When Caring Gets Too Hard
Seek help when needed. Offering stroke care to a loved one is hard. Call the Home Care Assistance location in Knoxville, TN at (865) 229-4981 for more information about caregiving or meal assistance during this difficult time.