Mealtime is about more than just eating. It is a time to rest, to socialise with family, friends, or colleagues and to enjoy the food. Making mealtimes a positive, enjoyable experience for individuals who need assistance is such an important aspect of their care. From good eye contact to providing a modified diet, we’ll look at how to ensure the best possible mealtime.
This course will look at assisting individuals at mealtime. As far as possible, the individual should be involved in all aspects of their food and fluid care. Where assistance is required, this should be done discreetly, in a dignified way, while respecting personal preferences. The course will also look at eating, swallowing, and feeding. It will then look at food and personal hygiene at mealtimes and finish by discussing how to help should an individual choke. Please note that this course is an introduction to supporting an individual with mealtime needs. Further training maybe needed if you wish to become a mealtime assistant as an official role within a care home or special needs school.
identify causes and effects of eating and drinking difficulties