What has been done to make sure people in nursing homes are well fed?

Dr. Oluwatoyin Thomas, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

To make sure people in nursing homes are well fed, through the Choosing Wisely program, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, the American Geriatric Society (AGS) has recommended that doctors avoid putting feeding tubes in people with dementia. The AGS encourages that if people cannot eat, the facility should have somebody who can sit down and feed them or, if they can feed themselves, to encourage them to eat. Also, people's meals should be tailored to their abilities. For instance, finger foods should be provided if they are having trouble using a spoon and fork. 

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