A 45-year-old member asked:

How can i get my mother to eat more in the nursing home?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Slow and Steady: Elderly often need a lot more time to complete a meal, so the old adage patience is a virtue never holds truer. Medications such as mitrazepine and megasterol can be considered with her doctor's approval. Matching diet consistencies with people's abilities such as lack of teeth, inability to chew are important considerations. Facility dieticians are often a great resource to tap into.
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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Geriatrics 56 years experience
Patients & trial: Remove dietary restrictions, frequent feedings, finger foods & preferred menus should help.Appetite stimulants not generally helpful.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I get my mother to exercise more in her nursing home?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Ask her: Some options: 1. Ask her if she will do this. 2. Speak to the staff to see if they can encourage her more. 3. You could arrange to pick her up and take her out on pass, go somewhere where she will have to walk a short distance. Sometimes you can get them to "exercise" by using a little bit of subterfuge.
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Many health problems contribute to sedentary behaviors in nursing homes Often someone must initiate the walking activity or going to the community room for music and chair exercise. Her physician should be specific about walking distances per day and any needs for supervision - this will assist you in talking with the staff.
Apr 17, 2014

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