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20 Finger Food Ideas for People Living with Dementia

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Originally posted in the Bambu Care Champions community.

At some point along your partner's journey, they may find it easier and more convenient to eat finger foods instead of using a utensil.

Here are 20 finger food options:

  1. Soft fruits such as bananas, peaches, oranges and berries
  2. Cooked vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans
  3. Raw vegetables such as sliced celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers
  4. Smoothie or milkshake
  5. Deli meats such as chicken, turkey, ham, and roast beef
  6. Cheese cubes, slices, or string cheese
  7. Halved or quartered, hard-boiled eggs
  8. Small cut sandwiches (chicken, deli meat, tuna, pb&j, grilled cheese)
  9. Small cut quesadillas
  10. Wraps, tacos, burritos
  11. Cubed chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken fries, or chicken tenders
  12. Fish sticks or patties
  13. Burgers or hot dogs
  14. Pizza
  15. Fries (regular or sweet potato fries)
  16. Muffins, bagels, croissants, or biscuits
  17. Toast
  18. Dry cereal
  19. Trail mix, granola bars, or crackers
  20. Yogurt tubes or bottles

It's important to consider the person's individual preferences, any dietary restrictions, and any choking hazards when selecting finger foods. You want the foods to be easy to pick up and chew. Some foods may require you to cut it into small, manageable pieces. It's also a good idea to make sure that the person has access to fluids to help them swallow the food. Please consult a Speech Language Pathologist if your partner exhibits any difficulty with swallowing.  

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