Why Individuals Might Experience Difficulties in Eating or Drinking

Some individuals might experience difficulties in eating or drinking without help. This may be due to:

  • Forgetting to eat
  • Side effects of medication, which may affect appetite or cause sickness
  • Poorly fitted false teeth
  • Physical illness which may have affected swallowing, the individuals muscles around their mouth, for chewing or hand for lifting drinks
  • Depression, which may cause poor appetite
  • A visual impairment, which may affect the way a person sees their food to eat it.
  • Shakiness

Use to answer question 8.1d of the Care Certificate

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