Late in dementia, your loved one may have difficulty recognizing what foods are safe to eat. This can present some dangers that most caregivers never dream of.
It may never happen to you, but be aware of the following things that people with dementia have tried to eat:
Cubes of raw chicken or beef from the refrigerator or counter
Sugar, straight from the sugar bowl
Shampoo (because of a pretty fruit label or scent)
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Pretty balls of soap or bath beads that resemble candy
Oil (poured into a glass)
Paint chips (from a windowsill, for example)
Foods past their expiration dates
Play it safe if your loved one is prone to wandering around the house and opening cupboards, and remove dangerous or deceptive-looking substances from reach.