Nutrition & Feeding

Carewell's Guide to Nutrition & Feeding
Carewell's Guide to Nutrition & Feeding

About Nutrition & Feeding

At Carewell, we know that mealtimes are important. They provide opportunities for receiving good nutrition to maintain our health, as well as providing times to bond and connect with one another.

We offer a variety of meal replacements and meal enhancers to help your loved one reach a desired caloric intake; and for those with swallowing disorders, we have pureed meals and thickeners. Caregivers can choose from supplies such as formulas, feeding kits, and bibs for loved ones requiring enteral feeding. And if your loved one experiences mobility issues that impact self feeding, we carry adaptive silverware and cups to help assist with independence.

No matter how many mealtimes happen in a day, we offer everything a caregiver needs to make those mealtime experiences a success for both care recipient and caregiver.

  • Drinks and Shakes: If your loved one struggles with reaching a desired caloric intake, or needs to maintain weight or gain weight, these drinks and shakes are designed to meet those needs in a healthy and nutritious way.
  • Enteral Feeding Supplies: For those who receive food and nutrients through tube feeding, these supplies include items such as feeding formulas, feeding kits, and accessories .
  • Feeding Essentials: If your loved one needs assistance with self feeding, adaptive silverware and cups can make mealtime more enjoyable. For those with swallowing disorders who may need clothing protection, we carry items such as bibs, disposable clothing protectors, and underpads. Loved ones who are bedridden or have limited mobility may enjoy meals from serving trays or over the bed trays.
  • Meals, Purees, & Thickeners: For those who experience swallowing disorders, pureed meals or thickeners are designed for those with difficulty chewing or swallowing.
  • Nutrition Bars & Snacks: Designed for your loved one who needs extra calories for weight gain, weight maintenance or is addressing undernutrition.
  • Vitamins and Supplements: With the right snacks, meals, vitamins, and nutritional supplements, you can help your loved ones feel their best.


Are nutrition shakes good for you?

Not all nutritional shakes are created equal. That being said, the nutritional shakes we carry here at Carewell are formulated to nourish the bodies of those with special dietary needs. Nutritional shakes can make for a healthy choice for those who are at nutritional risk, experiencing involuntary weight loss, or are on a fluid-restricted or volume-limited diet.

When should I take Ensure Shakes?

Enjoy Ensure shakes as a meal replacement, addition, and or a snack. Looking for a caffeine kick in the morning? Try Mocha - a blend of chocolate and espresso flavors, with 110 mg of caffeine! Ready-to-drink cartons require no refrigeration, making this a portable and convenient option to take to appointments, on outings, or just to have on hand at home. Always consult your physician if you have any questions about how this could affect you, given your medical history.

What are food and drink thickeners?

Food, drink, and liquid thickeners are starch or gel-based additives that make fluids and edibles easier to swallow. They decrease the flow rate of thin liquids, preventing them from getting into your loved one’s airways.

Do Thick-It foods have to be cooked?

Thick-It meals are pre-cooked and ready to reheat and serve. Both stovetop and microwave are options to reheat. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds on high or stovetop until warm. Stir, let cool for 1 minute, and you’re ready to serve!

What is the purpose of an overbed table?

Overbed table is to provide a convenient and accessible surface for patients in hospital beds to perform various tasks, such as eating, writing, reading, and using a laptop computer. The overbed table is a versatile piece of furniture that can be adjusted to different heights and positions, depending on the needs of the patient. The table can also be rolled over the bed, out of the way, when not in use.

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