It can be an issue if your family member doesn’t eat or won’t eat.

Here are some possible causes:

  • Short Attention span.

  • Distraction.

  • Confusion.

  • Physical impairment.

Here are some ways to help:

  • Be sure you’re dealing with a true lack of sufficient calories and nutrition not a finicky eater or small appetite.

  • Rule out physical problems by checking with the doctor.

  • Avoid coaxing and cajoling.

  • Serve meals and snacks at consistent time.

  • Allow plenty of time for meals so that the person does not feel rushed.

  • Help the person focus on the meal at hand.

  • Highlight the plate and cup by putting them on a contrasting solid placemat.

  • Avoid patterned dishes or coverings as they may be distracting.

  • Focus more on protein that perfect nutritional balance.

  • Don’t serve foods that are too hot.

  • Look into programs that deliver a hot meal each day.