Dementia sufferers at Peel Health Campus (PHC) are consuming up to 45 per cent extra meals following a trial involving serving meals on colored plates.
Staff at PHC not too long ago created moulded meals served on pink plates in a bid to enhance affected person’s consumption of important vitamins.
Patients with dementia had been served fortified vegetable moulds to help them in reaching their each day calorie and nutrient wants, as their situation could make it troublesome to swallow strong meals.
The trial discovered sufferers consumed up to 60 per cent extra greens once they had been served in moulds on pink plates, in contrast to meals served on customary white plates.
PHC senior dietitian Josephine-Lee Oddo mentioned the hospital often has 20 or extra sufferers with dementia at any time, and due to their sickness they’re at elevated vulnerable to malnutrition.
“Our aim is to stop our sufferers from struggling malnutrition which might lead to poor well being outcomes,” she mentioned.
“This initiative makes meals extra interesting by being served in moulds, together with displaying the meals on pink plates for higher distinction, main to sufferers consuming extra.
“Since we made moulded meals served on pink plates a characteristic for dementia sufferers at PHC, the workforce has seen an general uplift in spirits when it comes to mealtime.”
The pink plates make the meals stand out and are additionally a means to help nursing employees in figuring out which sufferers require help corresponding to meal setup, assist with opening packets or the necessity for extra monitoring.
“This is only one means PHC is supporting sufferers who’ve dementia and different situations,” Ms Oddo mentioned.
PHC has quite a lot of different instruments to help sufferers with cognitive impairment, together with the QUEST program which focuses on schooling and coaching, and the Sunflower communication device that permits nurses to construct a greater relationship with dementia sufferers.