Wednesday Workshop – How to Avoid Problems While Eating Out
Hello and welcome to today’s Wednesday Workshop. Going out to eat can be a welcomed change but it can also have some challenges when you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. You need to think about the menu, the noise level, waiting times and the helpfulness of the staff.
Here are some tips on how to avoid problems while eating out with your loved one:
Before choosing the restaurant, ask yourself:
- Does my loved one know the restaurant well?
- Is it quiet most of the time?
- Do you usually wait a long time before being seated?
- Is the service there quick?
- Does the restroom meet my loved one’s needs?
- Is the staff understanding and helpful?
- Does the menu include foods my loved one will enjoy?
Before going to the restaurant, decide:
- If it is a good day to go
- When is the best time to go – service may be quicker earlier in the day.
- What you will take with you – you may need to take extra help or utensils your loved one likes and recognizes.
At the restaurant:
- Tell the waiter about any special needs such as a need for extra napkins or to be seated in the quiet area of the restaurant.
- Seat your loved one with their back to the busy area.
- Order finger foods or an appetizer to hold the attention of your loved one.
- Ask the waiter for plastic instead of glass.
- Help your loved one choose their meal – find 2 or 3 meals you know they like and let them choose from the options you’ve selected.
These are just a few suggestions but for additional tips on eating out with your loved one
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