Nutrition and Dementia
Betty’s Garden is focused on keeping our population at their optimum health. Our commitment to each tenant begins the day they become part of our family. There are numerous physiological changes associated with aging, particularly when dementia is present. Part of the specialized programming in Betty’s Garden is specific to these dietary challenges.
- Sense of smell
- Weakening in the lower esophageal sphincter
- Decreased Immune functioning
- Decreased B12 absorption
- Loss of lean body mass
After conducting a nutritional assessment, to better understand your loved ones level of impairment, a specific diet can be established. Within Betty’s Garden we provide a burden free environment Our Betty’s Garden team have been educated on food strategies and dining procedures to enhance the meal time activity. There are a multitude of interventions that will be provided when working to improve and or maintain the nutritional status of individuals with dementia.
- Meal Time Observation & Eating Habits
- Verbal Cueing
- Liberalized Diet
- Discretionary Calorie Intake
- Correct food texture and consistency
- Food Enhancers to prevent malnutrition
- Provide strong contrast with colors, shapes, and textures
- Comfortable and encouraging family style dining
The professionals within Betty’s Garden will also include dietary based activities to aid social interaction. We will provide a stimulating atmosphere with contrasted plating. This special care is designed to accommodate an individual tenants changing preferences and needs.
Snacks and Hydration
Our unique dining experience will not only include the above features but we also realize how important snack and hydration are as part of the overall health of your loved one.
Persons with dementia need 4 times the amount of vitamin D that the average adult age 50 years or younger need. As a result, more then half of individuals older than 65 are vitamin-D deficient. Part of our person centered care program will include nutrient dense snacks available at all times.
Hydration plays a primary role in the optimum health for our tenants. Proper hydration can lower risk of infection, improves healing, and prevents disease. We will provide routine hydration passes as part of the overall care package included in Betty’s Garden.