I work in a day centre for adults with LD and high support needs. We have a lady with us at the moment who is very reluctant to drink. She is no longer supporting herself as she used to and is now refusing drinks, she appears to be clamping her mouth shut tighter when offered drinks on a spoon or syringe, which she used to be happy to accept. We are becoming concerned about her refusal to drink and the obvious health implications of this, especially relating to her epilepsy.
Does anyone have any ideas how we can encourage her to drink more? There doesn’t appear to be any physical reason for this as she can and will drink, it seems to be more of a behavioural choice.