6.2.1 Overview

Assisting clients during mealtimes may require different considerations for each client population. In this next section, we will look at some ways to assess clients needs, and determine the best way to assist them during mealtime.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Assess a client’s mealtime needs accurately
  • Assist a client with meals to ensure effective intake

Key Terms

When learning about assisting with clients’ meals, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • dysphagia
  • hand-under-hand technique

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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