See hospital and staff awards. Winchester Hospital was the first community hospital in the state to achieve Magnet designation, recognition for nursing excellence. Learn why. Our tremendous staff gives back to our community by coordinating free health screenings, educational programs, and food drives. Learn more. A leading indicator of our success is the feedback we get from our patients. A full liquid diet has liquids or foods that are liquid at room temperature. Liquids are easier to swallow and digest than solid foods.
So for you caregivers, please be patient. Keep trying different foods. Many caregivers cringe as they feed loved ones the same meal day-in and day-out. The dilemmas of a liquid diet disturb not only victims of cancer, but also many other patients and caregivers dealing with lesser-known health issues. Dementia can cause even the thought process involved in eating to be a struggle. Because of denture problems, chewing is also a difficult task. Oftentimes a liquid or pureed diet is the best solution to eating problems. The patient receives the important nutrients he needs, but without the laborious struggle of spending over an hour to consume only a few bites. But sometimes the added nutrition can come at the cost of taste. Lack of appetite is a typical problem among the elderly, which is only enhanced if the meal is unappealing.
A full liquid diet is a middle step between a clear liquid diet and eating solid foods. A clear liquid diet allows only liquids you can see through. A full liquid diet allows thicker, liquid foods as listed below. It can be anything that is liquid at room temperature. The full liquid diet may be used before or after surgery. Or it may be used if you have a digestive illness. It’s also used before some medical tests. It’s easy to digest and leaves little food in the stomach and intestines. A full liquid diet meets calorie and protein needs for your body with liquids only. If it’s to be used for more than 5 days, your healthcare provider or dietitian may also order high-protein, high-calorie liquid supplements. These will give you extra vitamins and minerals.