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A packet of organizational materials for
families of loved ones entering or residing
in a Skilled Nursing Care Facility.



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Why Are Feeding Tubes Used?

Feeding tubes are a subject of debate in the medical community due to the demonstrable advantages and disadvantages of feeding tubes.  Outside of the medical community, a moral debate about the use of feeding tubes rages on.  However, for elderly people in the advanced stages of dementia, feeding tubes may help prevent malnutrition and dehydration.  The insertion of feeding tubes involves a minor surgical procedure that takes only a short time to perform.  The staff of a skilled nursing facility should be well-educated about how to care for residents who have feeding tubes.  Feeding tubes are not only used when a person is in the advanced stages of dementia, however.  As a person ages, the swallowing mechanism may decline, causing difficulty eating and drinking, which, in turn, leads rapidly to the more serious problems associated with malnutrition and dehydration.  If a family is aware of dementia or a decline in function of the swallowing mechanism in an elderly loved one, the staff of the skilled nursing facility should be made aware of such information in order to provide optimal care to the elderly loved one.  Any concerns or positions a family has about the use of feeding tubes should be discussed with the staff of a skilled nursing facility upon admittance of the elderly loved one. 

Asking the Right Questions Can Be Difficult but Care Plan Information™ Can Help

Admitting an elderly loved one to a skilled nursing facility can be a difficult time for families.  Care Plan Information™ can help families ask the right questions to the staff of a skilled nursing facility to help eliminate problems in the future.  Care Plan Information™ can help families become educated about feeding tubes and other areas of concern.  Visit www.CarePlanInformation.com today to order a packet. 

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