The DMAT helps carers identify interventions to support mealtime eating abilities
Once you have recorded your mealtime observations, which only takes a few minutes, you enter the results into the DMAT system by ticking the boxes of the eating difficulties you observed.
The DMAT will then generate suggested interventions you can choose from to help you find ways to overcome the identified eating difficulties. All you need to do is select the interventions you would like to try for each eating difficulty.
Following your selection of interventions the DMAT will automatically generate a care plan to meet the specific mealtime needs of the individual you observed. The care plan will include the persons eating difficulties and the interventions to be put into action. The care plan can be saved within the DMAT system and shared with everyone caring for the individual. You can also print off the care plan to place in a prominent position or add to the caring notes so everyone is aware how to help at mealtimes.
By using the DMAT on a monthly basis* you can monitor which interventions are working and the eating difficulties you are improving. Mealtime eating difficulties in dementia lead to decreased food intake, weight loss, malnutrition, more reliance on feeding assistance from staff and decreased quality of life. The DMAT aims to reduce eating difficulties by improving the mealtime environment and providing carers with the knowledge and skills to improve nutritional care at mealtimes.
Mealtime eating difficulties are a very complex issue faced everyday by carers of those living with dementia. The DMAT helps carers to find some of the solutions to this chronic problem in a simple and practical way.
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*IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE – You should never delay a referral to a healthcare professional. In addition you should not delay referral to a speech and language therapist (SLT) if when using the ‘DMAT Initial Measurement Form’ if you observe any ‘Oral Difficulties and Behaviours’ that are thought to compromise the safety of an individual (i.e. you witness signs of aspiration) when eating or drinking. If you are unsure of the warning signs for swallowing difficulties please discuss with a SLT or refer to your local guidelines and policies before using the DMAT.