Digestion becomes an issue when death is near

Many elders (and even younger individuals) that have been issued a death sentence from one of many various deadly diseases, have issues with nausea, vomiting, constipation, and loss of appetite. Although we are aware of this type of occurrence when it comes to cancer, others may not be as aware that other illnesses can cause these discomforting effects.
Due to the variation of the illnesses will depend on how, you, the caregiver will be able to treat your client’s symptoms. One of the best ways to help your client is to initially talk to a doctor or nurse as soon as possible. They may be able to prescribe medications that can control the nausea or vomiting or to relieve their constipation.
Another way that you will be able to show your client that With Age Comes Respect is to help feed them when they are too tired to try to feed themselves or too weak to do so. You can make them their favorite foods to encourage them to get some nutrition, but only do so in small amounts so that the food does not go to waste. One method of encouragement is to make several smaller meals instead of the three main meals we typically consume.
One thing you will never ever want to do is force your client to eat! If your client is not eating, they will typically not feel pain since losing appetite is a common and normal part of dying. This action can also be your client’s way of accepting that death is near. However, overfeeding can lead to the same types of problems (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) and discourage your client from even wanting to consume food at all because these are the issues that cause them further pain.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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