Unit 4222-222 Support Individuals to Eat and Drink (HSC 2014).
Be able to support individuals to make choices about food and drink.
1.3 Describe ways to resolve any difficulties or dilemmas about the choice of food and drink. Allowing an individual the choice of what they wish to eat is very important and if they do not want what is on the menu you can try asking what they would prefer and agree with them a suitable alternative. If a service user cannot communicate with words alone, using pictures or some other method to show what food they wish to eat could also be an appropriate method. Explaining the nutritional values of meals and encouraging a healthy option is important but it is the service users right to refuse or choose something different. 1.4 Describe how and when to seek additional guidance about an individual’s choice of food and drink. Family and friends of a service user or even the service user themselves can provide guidance in regards to what they like to eat and drink and what they prefer, this information can be found in each service users care plans. However, there may be other times in which additional guidance should be sought out. For example, if a service user is on a particular diet for diabetes or weight loss, if they are on a soft food diet or even a puree diet and you are unsure of what foods are suitable for them then a qualified member of staff can be asked.
Be able to provide support for eating and drinking.
3.1 Describe factors that help promote an individual’s dignity, comfort and enjoyment while eating and drinking. It is important to assess the needs of each service user separately as what works for one may not be suitable for someone else. A calm and clean environment should be provided during meal times and it is vital to ensure that any special cutlery or eating aids are provided at the beginning of each meal and that they are accessible to the service user. You should ensure that a drink is within...
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