Seeing meals left unfinished can be a frustration to caregivers. The person with dementia may simply become distracted mid-meal.
Serve at a table setting that features minimal distractions. This reduces confusion over where to place attention, as well as the odds of some foods being overlooked.
Ideally, use a solid-colored placemat that contrasts with the table color, and a white plate that contrasts with the placemat and allows the food to take center stage.
Bright or contrasting solids, rather than prints and patterns, tend to draw focus best.
Place only small amounts of food on the plate at a time. Refill as necessary.