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Refusing nearly all food

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Cinder, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
    66
    Hi-
    I've had success over the past 2 years feeding MIL soups, cakes, chocolate,ice-cream & soft food.
    The last month, however, she is refusing nearly everything. On a normal day she might manage half a bowl of soup & a yoghurt. She has nutritional milkshakes from doctor which she still takes.
    She is still quite able to express herself & says she just isn't hungry.
    Does anybody have experience with this? Are we entering a new phase of the disease?
    Thanks in advance.


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  2. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    How many shakes does she have in a day? They do fill you up.
     
  3. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
    66
    She only has two- and that is only since she started refusing everything else. Previously it was one a day...


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  4. Patricia Alice

    Patricia Alice Registered User

    Mar 2, 2015
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    We are having exactly the same problem right now. She is hardly eating and says she is not hungry. Today we managed to get her to eat a few mouthfuls of trifle and then she started to cough it back up. I asked if she was constipated but she does not know whether she has "been" or not, so I asked the carers who says she takes herself to the toilet so they did not know either.

    If your mum is on Forticips they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. I think I might need to get them prescribed for mum this week. I know my mum drinks lots of tea because the carers say she is always asking for a cup of tea, so I know her fluid intake is OK.

    It's very worrying situation, but the nursing home weighs her weekly, so they must be monitoring her.
     
  5. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
    66
    It's Ensure that she is on. It's a chocolate milkshake.
    It just feels like we have suddenly gone from using them as a dietary top-up to being all she will take. Her fluid intake is poor also, so we are constantly nagging her to drink.
    I'm sorry you're finding the same problems, Patricia.
    It's tough going.


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