When Eating Is No Longer Fun

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Course Description

As our population continues to age, health care professionals are confronted with a complex set of questions when caring for patients who fail to thrive. What has caused my patient to stop eating? When do I recommend alternative versus oral feeding? What factors cause aspiration pnuemonia, and how can I get my patient to develop a sense of smell, taste, or an appetite? How can I help my patient develop an interest in food, when my patient is on a low salt, low fat, low sugar, low acid, and fluid restricted diet? How can I keep my patient from the lonliness associated with eating alone, day after day, after day? When do I finally let go? 
These are questions which plague all health care professionals who struggle with how, when, and why we feed our patients who are coming to the end stages of their lives.

This course is designed to help the healthcare professional define and create a solid care plan when working with this fragile patient population, to determine when restorative therapy is indicated, when compensatory, alternative strategies are helpful, and when to embrace hospice.

This Seminar-on-Demand is 5 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 5
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: Dietitian/Nutritionist, NHA, Rec / Activities Director, SLP
Instructional Level: Intermediate