This case study is adapted from a real situation. All names are aliases, and any identifiers are removed for privacy.
Mr. Chou is 92. He is in the assisted living section of the facility, and has put his light on for assistance, which is unusual because he cares for himself. As you enter his apartment, you find him in the bathroom holding a broken set of dentures. He states he dropped them when cleaning them, and you notice they have both broken. He states he is not injured or cut, but he is concerned because he will not have teeth to eat. Your supervisor calls the denturist and is informed that it will take two weeks for an appointment and repair. You need to call the kitchen to alert them to a need for the diet to be changed until the dentures are fixed.
Answer the following question:
- Which diet should Mr. Chou receive?
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Without dentures, your client will have difficulty chewing food, and will require very soft foods. The mechanical soft diet is used for clients with chewing issues.
Ms. Chou was placed on a mechanical soft diet until his dentures were repaired and returned. Although he complained about the “baby food,” his nutritional health was maintained successfully.