Life narrows dramatically for dementia patients as impairments to memory and judgement impact daily functioning. For many hobbies and interests will be cast aside, and some friends will be lost. One of the few things that remain constant is eating.
It is essential that dementia patients derive enjoyment from their meals, and why The Pure Food Co’s texture-modified products have been so beneficial for the residents of West Auckland’s Seadrome Home and Hospital. Each product is boosted with extra protein, fibre and energy to support health and wellbeing.
“We were Pure Food’s first customer,” says facility manager Tina Chivers.
“We’ve had exciting results. People who were losing weight have gained weight, and it’s been helpful with pressure injuries.”
Dementia patients can have swallowing difficulties and often experience a loss of appetite. They need nutrient-rich food that is safe and appealing. At Seadrome, staff endeavour to make mealtimes a happy occasion, drawing on residents’ memories of sitting down to celebrate with family and friends.
White tablecloths and blue dishes make the food stand out, and flavour combinations encourage people to eat everything on their plate.
“Before Pure Food, we had a chef who did our texture-modified food, and often residents wouldn’t eat it, so this is significantly different. Some people comment on the great flavour but often you know it’s good simply because they have eaten it all,” said Chivers.
“Pure Food is an innovative company always looking to incorporate food from different cultures into their flavours. It’s excellent that they are ever-evolving.”