Sasonah Services

By: Sasonah Lodge  11-11-2011

Dementia diseases, like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, generally follow a progression through mild, moderate and severe stages. Different symptoms may emerge at different times, but changes will occur that will affect both the patient and the caregiver.

Stage 1: Mild
Care level required: Minimal attention in the form of:

  • Bathing, using the bathroom, grooming, dressing.
  • Reminding the person with Alzheimer’s disease to eat.
  • Preparing well-balanced meals on a schedule.
  • Keeping healthy snacks available.
  • Serving meals in a quiet, uncluttered place.

Stage 2: Moderate
Care level required: Close supervision in the form of:

  • Bathing, using the bathroom, grooming, dressing.
  • Limiting the number of food choices at one time.
  • Cutting up food so that it’s easy to eat.
  • Gently encouraging proper chewing and swallowing.
  • Preparing and providing finger foods.
  • Switching to drinking straws or a convalescent feeding cup to make drinking liquids easier.
  • Checking the temperature of foods and beverages prior to serving the patient.
  • Encouraging healthy snacking.
  • Ensuring proper hydration by providing liquids frequently.
  • Supplementing the diet with liquid food supplements if recommended.