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#4 ADL – Eating a Meal or Snack

Activities of Daily Living
Cindy Davis
Written by Cindy Davis

How well do you get nutrition into your body?  Things to consider about one’s ability to feed themselves include:

  • Ability to lift food and drink beverages from a plate, bowl, cup, glass, to your mouth without excessively dropping items or spilling;
  • Receiving appropriate nutrition from a feeding tube or intravenously; and
  • Chewing and swallowing food without choking.

Things that may prevent you from getting proper nutrition include:

  • Arthritic hands that can’t grasp silverware, cups or glasses adequately;
  • Food pieces are too large to chew or swallow;
  • Neurological disorders or damage such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal injuries.

About the author

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Serial entrepreneur and former full-time caregiver for eight years to her father with multiple chronic conditions. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine and Asian Studies; and a Master of Business Administration degree recipient in marketing and finance from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her teenage son and advises businesses on strategic planning, marketing, finance, and operations as owner of Next Level Consulting, Inc.

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