A care plan for adult failure to thrive begins by assessing the underlying causes of the condition, according to the American Family Physician. This includes a functional assessment to evaluate the patient's ability to perform activities of daily living, mobility status and risk for falls. The medical professional should also evaluate the patient's cognitive status and risk for depression and perform diagnostic tests for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, bone fractures and other conditions associated with failure to thrive.
In large part, treatment depends on the underlying conditions found during the assessment, explains the American Family Physician. A treatment team, including a dietitian, a speech therapist, a social worker, a mental health professional and a physical therapist often proves effective in helping the primary care provider treat adult failure to thrive.
Adults affected by this condition often have difficulty eating or report having no appetite. This causes malnutrition, which can make recovery even more difficult. Caretakers can help encourage the patient to eat in many ways, reports Nursing Care Plans. They should closely monitor the patient's weight and play soothing music during mealtimes to encourage the patient to eat. Encouraging the patient to reminisce about past experiences and participate in activities can also help.