Nutrition is an important aspect of care for palliative patients. It can help improve quality of life, reduce symptoms and side effects, and provide comfort during this difficult time. However, it can be challenging to provide adequate nutrition when dealing with serious illness. Here are some tips to help ensure that your loved one is getting the necessary nutrients.
Eat small meals frequently
Eating small meals frequently throughout the day can help avoid nausea and vomiting which are common problems in many people receiving palliative care. These small meals should be high in protein and calories as well as nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
Providing enough fluids throughout the day is crucial to maintaining health while receiving palliative care. Encourage drinking water or tea regularly as well as eating hydrating fruits such as watermelon.
In some cases, it may be difficult for patients to get all the nutrients they need solely through their food intake due to medications or simply not feeling hungry or motivated enough to eat properly. Nutritional supplements like drinks such as Ensure or Boost are an option in these cases.
It’s important that every calorie counts when dealing with a serious illness so richly caloric food items including ice cream, cheese cake etc can actually make good options.
Eat slowly & savor flavors
Palliative patient might experience changes in taste buds making some food taste bland making them lose appetite altogether but by focusing on savoring flavors & eating slowly could enhance their experience of mealtime.
Consult with nutritionist
Each person’s nutritional requirement varies depending on their health conditions so consulting with a registered dietitian/nutritionist will give more personalized recommendations based on individual circumstances.
Remember that proper nutrition has been proven effective in improving quality of life during advanced disease stages. By encouraging healthy habits even at this critical time we keep hope & well-being alive.