Caring for a loved one with a feeding tube can come with many challenges, but with the right strategies and knowledge, you can support your loved one with ease. We have listed a few of the most effective tips and strategies that you can use to ensure that your loved one is comfortable and receives adequate nutrition. Continue reading to find out a few helpful tips and tricks!  

1. Get Familiar with the Equipment and Terminology 

  • As this will be a new experience for both you and your loved one, it is important to get educated and learn as much as possible about feeding tube equipment and terminology. There is a lot to learn about feeding tubes, so be patient with yourself and understand that it will take time to learn everything. Your healthcare providers can help answer any questions you have and can teach you all you need to know about tube feeding.  

2. Ask Your Loved One How You Can Help  

  • Each patient who requires a feeding tube will have a different experience and different preferences. Asking your loved one what they need and how you can help them will ensure that they are being supported and heard. Ask them about their feelings and concerns and offer emotional support when you can. It's important to be transparent with them and include them in the decision-making processes.  

3. Maintain Proper Hygiene and Regularly Check for Infections 

  • If you are helping your loved one with their feeding tube, always practice good hygiene and keep all supplies clean. As you are helping your loved one, regularly check for signs of infection such as swelling, redness, or irritation.  

4. Closely Follow the Prescribed Feedings and Formula  

  • It is important to follow all of the prescribed feeding schedules and administration. The formula provides the patient with adequate amounts of nutrients and calories, and in order to receive all of those, the formula and schedule need to be followed closely.  

5. Learn How to Clean and Maintain Equipment

  • Learning how to properly clean and maintain the feeding tube will be essential in helping your loved one. It is also helpful to learn how to handle a clog, as this happens frequently with feeding tubes.  

Caring for a loved one with a feeding tube requires patience, understanding, and compassion. At LifeTech, we are here to support you and your loved ones through the entire process. Please visit our website or contact us today to find out how our team can help you and your family!