1. Expert Q&A: Living well as a carer - Thurs 29 August, 3-4pm

    As a carer for a person living with dementia, the needs of the person you care for will often come before your own. You may experience a range of difficult emotions and you may not have the time to do all the things you need to do. Caring can have a big impact on both your mental and physical health, as well as your overall wellbeing.

    Angelo, our Knowledge Officer (Wellbeing) is our expert on this topic. He will be here to answer your questions on Thursday 29 August between 3-4pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. liz56

    liz56 Registered User

    Feb 15, 2015
    34
    North Somerset
    Feeling sad for my dad today. He lives with us and has few pleasures left in life, really enjoys his food. His favourites are fish & chips, roast dinner, prawns, omelette , grapes. Now all not allowed as S &LT appointment confirmed that he is aspirating his food- which we had thought for a while. So now he is on blended mush, and thickened drinks:(
    So that's his pub lunches finished, and family Sunday lunches will not be the same if he is eating baby food!
     
  2. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    #2 Jessbow, Jun 11, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015
    He can still have al those things though. A very eggy/milky omelette with very finely chopped prawns ( blitz them in a blender) sounds yum.

    The taste of mashed melon isn't that dissimilar to grapes...

    When you puree his food, keep the food separate- blend his veg, and plate it, then his meat with gravy, Roasties might be difficult but soft buttery mash?

    Be inventive and maybe addextra taste to things- puree'd chicken can be bland, but if you shove a garlic clove up its jumper- adds lots of taste.

    Present food hot and help him enjoy it.

    my old dad, when poorly in hospital would quite honestly scoff part frozen plum puree! I'd cook them, blend them then freeze in portions,
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,640
    Female
    London
    If you give off baby food vibes, he'll think it's baby food. If you present it in a yummy way, he might enjoy it. It's all a matter of perspective.
     
  4. liz56

    liz56 Registered User

    Feb 15, 2015
    34
    North Somerset
    It's just so unfair ( as with everything to do with dementia !), it's a symptom which we were not expecting for years yet - but of course everyone is different. He is still mobile, still talking , does not get infections, looks fit for his age, but is losing the ability to swallow safely.
    The list of safe foods is very limited, but yes we will need to be inventive.

    As for us, it's just one more task to add to the pressure!
     
  5. Suzanna1969

    Suzanna1969 Registered User

    Mar 28, 2015
    346
    Essex
  6. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,417
    Female
    England
    My husband has puréed meals. His plate is set out the same as it would be normally. Today he had chicken, cauliflower, broccoli and mashed potatoes. His desert is always a mousse made by the chef but today because it was chocolate sponge and custard he had that. I mashed it all up and it became a paste but it tasted good, I tried it.

    Yesterday he had sausage, beans and mash. Most foods will blend down and put on a plate as a normal meal look appetising as well.

    His drinks are thickened too and they taste normal. Tea does not look good thickened but again there is no change in the taste. My husband prefers cold drinks now.
     
  7. 7dayweekend

    7dayweekend Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    5
    You can get pureed food moulds that you can use to mould food back into something not unlike its original shape.

    Easily found on google.
     
  8. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    840
    Fife Scotland
    I thought I saw another thread with pureed food, what we had a few days ago was a well know brand starting with "P" they also do tinned fish, and it was chicken in white sause the chicken shredded will and lots of sauce, we had with smash
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.