Tips for dementia sufferers at mealtimes

There are many people who need care for one or several reasons. What we do is provide them with the help they require. We do this via our domiciliary care service. Our efforts are essential to giving them the happiness and independence they deserve.

One of the reasons why people may need help in their own home is because they have dementia. Certain individuals with the condition have trouble drinking and eating. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help here.


Domiciliary careFirstly, we will discuss possibilities when preparing for a meal. Even the smaller changes here can turn mealtimes into more enjoyable experiences. In addition, they will become less stressful and enhance the individual’s nutritional intake.

A carer or assistant can help by aiding them with hand washing or using a wipe beforehand. They might wear dentures, hearing aids, or glasses. If so, they can ensure that they are in place before the meal. The person may struggle to grip regular cups and cutlery. A switch to using adapted cups as well as cutlery can help here.

During mealtime

Now, we are going to talk about options for the proper mealtime experience. Independence is encouraged here, but there will be those that require a helping hand. For those that are easily distracted, the carer or assistant can try to take them to the table as late as possible. Ensure they are sitting in an upright position. Check to see that they are comfortable and supported too.

Another good idea would be to make the surroundings as familiar as possible. For some, loud radios and TVs are distracting. Others however can find comfort in them. Whilst plating up the meals, try to keep a routine with arranging the foods.

Mixing foods together

This can cause a problem at times. For example, things might seem unpleasant. However, it may be a case of the person not knowing which items go together. It may be better to avoid placing a number of plates on the table all at once.


If there are concerns with spilling, try to protect clothing using hand towels, aprons, or napkins. Encourage the individual to eat independently too if they can. It can be hard, but do your best not to comment on their eating. This could upset them. When necessary, offer assistance and attempt to use verbal prompts.

Top quality domiciliary care

At Diamond Personal Assistants, we are here to provide first rate services. Our aim is to support everyone who needs a little extra care and help. To maximise the efficiency of the support, we work closely beside our clients.

If you need our domiciliary care, either for yourself or a family member, please get in touch with us. We are proud to offer a flexible service that can offer help wherever it is necessary.