For most people eating and drinking is as much a pleasurable experience as it is a necessity for sustaining life.
There is a lot of information available to help everyone to make healthy choices about a balanced diet – please see the resources section of this module.
Staff should be aware that as a person gets older their tastes can change, as can their ability to eat certain foods and to maintain a balanced diet.
A person can also develop problems with their weight (either putting on weight or losing weight) or difficulties ensuring an adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals. Side-effects from increasing numbers of medications that can affect their appetite.
Developing dementia, and other health conditions like diabetes, can also impact upon a person’s eating and drinking.