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Research Article  |   June 1982
An Assessment of the Feeding Behaviors of the Institutionalized Elderly
Author Affiliations
  • Joan C. Rogers, Ph.D., OTR, is Associate Professor, Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Teena (Teepa) Snow, M.S., OTR, is a private practitioner, Durham, North Carolina
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities / Vision / Features
Research Article   |   June 1982
An Assessment of the Feeding Behaviors of the Institutionalized Elderly
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1982, Vol. 36, 375-380. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.6.375
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1982, Vol. 36, 375-380. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.6.375
Abstract

Data obtained from observing the residents of three long-term care facilities showed that the majority required some assistance in feeding. The facilities differed in the percentage of residents needing help and in the physical and attitudinal support given for self-feeding. Regardless of level of independence in feeding, most residents received adequate food intake. Physical problems, which posed a greater handicap to self-feeding than mental problems, were of four types: improper positioning, dysphagia, upper extremity dysfunctions, and blindness.