The meals provided for each patient contain a personal diet required for their recovery. It is essential that the patient is able to get at least 1 bite from each item on the plate. Try to encourage the patient at all times to eat more and drink more, especially if it’s required that the patient has to meet a daily limit. For this task no gloves are required, as there are many patients who are allergic to latex. When you complete the meal, let the patient know that resting in a sitting up position will help with digestion.
Feeding a Patient:
Towel Clothing Protector (adult bib for patient)
Snack Recording Sheet
Water Pitcher (Filled)
Knock on patient’s door, then enter
Greet patient by name, introduce yourself, and what you are doing
Provide for privacy by shutting the curtains
Wash your hands
Check patient’s ID to confirm identity
Gather linens and supplies and place on a tray table covered with a towel
At the sink, wet a washcloth making it warm
Ask the patient if it’s ok to raise the head of bed to 60 degrees
Cover patient’s chest with clothing protector and sit in chair at eye level with patient
Check patient’s diet card and make sure its correct with patient’s name
Pour water into cup from the pitcher
Offer patient to clean their hands with the warm washcloth
Ask patient what food they would like to eat first and then start to feed then with a partially full spoon
Make sure to rotate food items with each bite
About every 3 bites ask if they want a drink and provide so if needed
Encourage the patient to eat as much as they can and pat mouth dry as needed with washcloth.
Make sure to communicate with the resident throughout the meal
When the resident states that they are full, encourage 1 more bite
Put the food tray back on shelf and place the resident in an upright position
Place dirty linens in hamper
Leave water if allowed
Wash your hands
Place the call light in the patient’s hand and pull the curtain closed
Record food and water on the patient’s intake chart
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