Adequate nutritional intake is often difficult, if not impossible, for the person with a terminal illness. Patients, families, and caregivers struggle to continue providing food and fluids in the face of declining ability and interest. Nutrition issues often need to be addressed by home care clinicians, who should be armed with the basic concepts and tools for educating and counseling those involved in the area of palliative care nutrition.
David Cline, RD, LD, is Food and Nutrition Services Manager, Capital Hospice, Arlington, Virginia. Address for correspondence: Capital Hospice, 4715 15th Street, Arlington, VA 22205 (firstname.lastname@example.org).