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  • Writer's pictureCindy Davis

Grab a Bite to Eat

Feeding yourself a meal or having a snack is the fourth activity of daily living (“ADL”).

#4 ADL - Eating a Meal or Snack

How well do you get nutrition into your body?

Things to consider about one’s ability to feed themselves include:

  • Ability to lift food and beverages from a plate, bowl, cup, glass, or table to your mouth without excessively dropping items or spilling,

  • Obtain appropriate nutrition from a feeding tube or intravenously, and

  • Chewing and swallowing food without choking.

Things that may prevent you from getting proper nutrition include:

  • Arthritic hands that can’t grasp silverware,

  • Size of food pieces are too large to chew or swallow, and

  • Neurological disorders or damage such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal injuries.


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