Lack of appetite, maintaining nutrition

Concerns around appetite and nutrition are often more troubling for the family than the patient. It can cause distress for the patient and needs to be handled with understanding. For someone lacking energy and not physically active, regular meals are not essential or even desired.  Rather, allow the person to choose when and whatever they wish to eat. Offer small portions of easy to swallow foods such as soups, puddings, jellies and ice-cream. Nutritious drinks such as Ensure are helpful. Fluids in moderation are necessary to maintain hydration and help ease a dry mouth.