Dementia – less noise means better nutrition

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Quietness and tranquillity has been put on the menu for dementia residents sitting down to meals at a BUPA care home, with significant results, St Nicholas care home in Netherton, Liverpool, is trying to ensure residents eat in a calm atmosphere, free of distractions, so that they can focus their attention on enjoying their meal. During mealtimes a “do not disturb” sign goes up outside the dining room, and to preserve the social atmosphere of people coming together to have a meal, visitors to the home such as relatives, doctors and district nurses have been asked to avoid going to see residents while breakfast, lunch and tea are served. Staff are allocated to serve specific residents and keep track of their needs. Kathy Vogel, manager of the home’s dementia unit, said that the television and radio in the room, which has a lounge area, are switched off to cut the noise level. “The introduction of ‘protected mealtimes’ has made an unbelievable difference,” said Ms Vogel. BUPA Care Service’s head of mental healt

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