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Gerokomos

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CARRERA MARTINEZ, Diego  and  BRANA MARCOS, Beatriz. Favoring the independent feeding: A case study. Gerokomos [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.3, pp.114-116. ISSN 1134-928X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1134-928X2012000300004.

Introduction: the development of the Daily Life Activities in the most autonomous and independent way ever possible should be a priority in the evaluation and care of the dependent people. Objective: detection and correction of the problems that avoid the autonomous and independent feeding in a user of our residential center. Method: Case Study with qualitative base by means of participant observation. Development: may-june 2010. Results: the problems observed that impede the correct feeding were:difficult movements of arms and hands to take the food to the mouth, nervousness and anxiety during the meals and overprotection of the carers. At the end of the period of study our user managed to fulfil the meals in an autonomous and independent way. Discussion: an individualized evaluation can reveal capacities unknown in a person. After the initial evaluation, there were detected the problems that avoided the feeding in an independent way of our user and it was established a plan agreed with her. It was appreciated a substantial change, not only she was capable of feeding herself with the minimal indispensable help, but it was increased her selfsteem.

Keywords : Feeding behaviour; Personal autonomy; Field dependence-independence; Observation.

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