A patient was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Which intervention should be prioritized in the nursing care plan?

Allow patient to eat at his/her own pace.

Explanation

• Unless there is difficulty with self-feeding, allow the patient independence in self-care activities. Provide enough time for the patient to eat at his/her own speed.

• Since Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease, there is gradual slowing of voluntary movement, muscular rigidity, stooped posture, shuffling gait, resting tremors, and diminished facial expressions. The goal of the patient's care must be to promote independence and encourage participation in self-care activities.

• Incorrect: Serve smaller, more frequent meals instead of three large meals that would be difficult to finish.

• Incorrect: Unless there is any difficulty swallowing, you do not have to limit nutritional intake to a liquid diet.

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