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QOD 55: Nutrition and Alzheimer’s Disease (Neuro/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

A patient with Alzheimer’s disease has had difficulties eating and is not getting enough nutrients in his diet. The patients daughter asks the nurse if there is anything that can be done to improve his nutrition intake. Which recommendation should the nurse give?

Answer:

B.  Use less salt when cooking and serving food

Rationale: 

A patient with Alzheimer’s disease may develop malnutrition and weight loss from difficulties with eating. The family member of the patient with Alzheimer’s may provide a nutritious diet with reminders about how to use utensils and how to eat food if the person forgets. Increased sodium intake can contribute to high blood pressure in the patient and should be monitored with limited salt for cooking and serving.

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