Eating is not only a way to receive nutrition, but also a time for socialization, family, friends, conversation, and celebrating. Difficulty or inability to self-feed after neurological injury can have a serious psychological impact for a patient. It is important to promote independence for as long as possible.
Self-feeding involves the steps required to obtain the food on the plate and bring it to the mouth. Keep in mind that it is important to follow any guidelines or dietary restrictions set forth by the dietician or speech-language pathologist.
Interventions to facilitate self-feeding and drinking in clients with neurological disorders include treatment strategies for positioning and guidance, adaptive equipment, and caregiver training.
Section 1: Facilitating Self-Feeding in Neurological Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapy and Self-Feeding
Family and Caregiver Training
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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