Providing Nutritional Help After a Stroke
Oftentimes, people in stroke care have challenges when eating. It could be a problem with chewing or swallowing, or it may be a matter of bringing food to the mouth. When a stroke creates memory loss, the stroke victim might even forget to eat.
Check with the doctor if you need help with a meal plan for stroke care and consider the following tips, as well:
- Create daily meal times. Your meals will be more palatable if you dine with your loved one at the table, too. It can be an enjoyable routine to look forward to, as long as you maintain your patience, allowing your loved one to take as much time as needed with the meal.
- Offer meals when your loved one is most likely to eat. Maybe late afternoon is better for dinner than the evening?
- Offer nutrient-dense foods. Provide your loved one healthy, whole foods to rebuild strength.
- Watch for preferences. Certainly, we all prefer certain foods over others so if he or she favors an item that’s easier to chew or swallow, plus it provides nutritional value, this is a good meal to offer!
Softer Food Can Be Easier
- Fruits and vegetables: Try pureeing or blending nutritional whole foods with additional spices or flavorings for the best taste while assisting in stroke care.
- Try yogurt: Yogurt is usually a good choice since it’s easy to eat and digestible.
- Oatmeal might be easy: Oatmeal can be a better choice over grains like bread or rice that can be hard to swallow.
- Easy eggs: Scrambled or soft-boiled eggs provide protein and other beneficial nutrients.
- Custard and gelatin desserts: Most people enjoy something sweet on occasion but anything with a low nutritional value should be only offered on occasion.
- Liquid meal replacements: Ready-made shakes high in protein or meal replacement supplements are easier for stroke care patients who can’t easily chew or swallow.
- Avoid sticky or dry foods: Stay away from peanut butter, rice, or anything that becomes too sticky in the mouth, creating a problem with swallowing. Utensils with cushioned or specialized grips make it easier for a stroke victim to eat independently.
Don’t Hesitate to Seek Help
You may need outside assistance while offering stroke care to a loved one. Reach out to your local Home Care Assistance location in Carmel, IN at (317) 316-0804 to inquire about additional care or meal assistance during this challenging time.