Originally Posted by Harry
I have read on this board that people with Dementia as well as AD that don't eat balanced diets but use Ensure or the liquid type meal as substitutes--- sometimes have reactions.
I would like to know what reactions happens with using too much Ensure type meals as substitutes? Also, how often can Ensure be used safely?
My wife has Vascular dementia and is a very picky eater. We have been married for 56 years.
I would appreciate any help!!
My FIL stopped knowing that he needs to eat last year. At first we gave him babyfood and Ensure. He seemed to take it OK. He has no side effects. The person with dementia loves sweet food so Ensure should help.
Later, my FIL moved to a NH and he had regular food for 6 months until March. He got choked a lot on the food, so the NH now gives him pureed food and he can eat regular soft desserts like scone and puff.
Your wife may have choking problem as well since this is common in late stage for dementia, so give her some pureed food. Don't just use Ensure. Puree all the food including dinner and everything. This way she can eat regular food as well.