GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Scott Silknitter from Caregiving 101 and Tom Garcia from Southern Evergreen teamed up to show caregivers safe and comfortable ways to eat a meal at the kitchen table.

Eating a meal can be a challenge for any family caregiver, but as with all things caregiving, preparation is key.

Using something as simple as drinking a glass of water is a great example of something that needs extra preparation. Some folks with Lewy Body Dementia and Alzheimer’s have depth perception and visio spacial issues which means something can be right in front of them and they may not know how far it is from them know exactly how far it is from her. That is why we always set the table the same way all of the time, so they know where to reach for their glass. We want to give our loved one every opportunity to be successful and not spill their drink.

Once we address that issue, we need to look at the lighting. The kitchen offers some unique natural lighting issue opportunities because of the big windows or sliding glass doors that many homes have.

It may not be a situation where we do not have enough light, it may be where there is too much natural light causing glares from the sunshine affecting our loved ones ability to see their meal and a drink.

Things we can do to reduce glare include

• Matte Paint on the walls

• Adjustable blinds

It’s the little things that can make a big difference when it comes to caregiving.