Feeding Self-care deficit

Impaired ability to perform or complete feeding activities

Defining Characteristics: 
  • Inability to swallow food;
  • inability to prepare food for ingestion;
  • inability to handle utensils;
  • inability to chew food;
  • inability to use assistive device; 
  • inability to get food onto utensils; 
  • inability to open containers; 
  • inability to ingest food safely; 
  • inability to manipulate food in mouth;
  • inability to bring food from a receptacle to the mouth;
  • inability to complete a meal; 
  • inability to ingest food in a socially acceptable manner; 
  • inability to pick up cup or glass; 
  • inability to ingest sufficient food

Related Factors:
  • Weakness or tiredness; 
  • severe anxiety; 
  • neuromuscular impairment; 
  • pain; 
  • perceptual or cognitive impairment; 
  • discomfort; 
  • environmental barriers; 
  • decreased or lack of motivation; 
  • musculoskeletal impairment
NOTE: See suggested Functional Level Classification in the care plan Impaired physical Mobility.

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)

Suggested NOC Labels
  • Self-Care: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Self-Care: Eating
Client Outcomes
  • Feeds self
  • States satisfaction with ability to use adaptive devices for feeding
  • Provides assistance with feeding when necessary (caregiver)
NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)

Suggested NIC Labels
  • Feeding
  • Self-Care Assistance: Feeding

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