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.