Finger foods for dementia patients

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Mealtimes for patients with dementia at a South Yorkshire hospital are set to improve thanks to the introduction of a new finger food menu.

All patients at Barnsley Hospital suffering with dementia will be offered the chance to choose from finger foods in place of more traditionally served hospital meals.

The initiative will be rolled out as part of the hospital’s continued developments in dementia care and also as a result of feedback from carers who said that a finger foods alternative would be helpful to patients.

Karen Sharp, matron for older people services at the hospital, said: “Patients suffering with dementia can often experience difficulties eating or drinking due to a number of factors such as poor coordination making it difficult to use cutlery, becoming distracted in a strange environment or resistance to accept assistance with eating.

“The initiative will benefit patients in a number of ways helping to preserve their dignity and ultimately it will be less stressful for them as the everyday foods are prepared in a way that makes them easy to pick up and eat with the hands.”

Food on the menu will include pork pies, cheese cubes, slices of quiche and fruit, potato wedges, bread rolls and chicken and fish goujons.

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