Unit 57 Support individuals to eat and drink
1.3 Describe ways to resolve any difficulties or dilemmas about the choice of food and drink
In care home where I work there are usually two choices of food and drinks on the menu. It happens that we need to serve something different because the individuals can’t, or don’t want to eat anything that’s on the menu.
1.4 Describe how and when to seek additional guidance about an individual’s choice of food and drink
Some residents have their preferences when it comes to food and usually they are all in the care plan cause it is being updated on regular basis. If we see that they don’t enjoy the food for some reason or have bad reactions to it, we should speak to other staff members and team leader and maybe even a GP. For extra information we can check on the official websites.
2.1 Identify the level and type of support an individual requires when eating and drinking
In order to find out about the right level of support I check it with the resident. Sometimes I need to ask if they need my support. Many times they prefer to struggle and do it on their own, rather than me feeding them. I think this is how they stay strong emotionally.
3.1 Describe factors that help promote an individual’s dignity, comfort and enjoyment while eating and drinking
Some resident need assistance with eating their meals some are in need of aprons to have soft foods on their own. I always make sure that when I am assisting a resident with meal I stay with them in the dinning room with all the other residants so thay don’t feel as if I am making any pressure on them. Some of them just need company while having their food and this is what I do then. Just chat with them. Sometimes they need a bit of help in cleaning their hands, or their face.
4.1 Explain why it is important to be sure that an individual has chosen to finish eating and drinking before clearing away
In a care home it is a bit like in a hotel. If you are in a hotel