There are other ways to incorporate whole foods and nutritional ingredients into a dysphagia diet: High fat foods like greek yogurt, avocado, peanut butter, coconut cream, and soft cheeses can be added to sweet and savory dishes to increase the calorie content and help older adults maintain weight.
Sit at or below eye level. When feeding people with dysphagia, position yourself at the same level or slightly below their eye level. This will make it easier for him/her to maintain their head in the most appropriate position.
If it turns out that your loved one does suffer from dysphagia, the following tips can help you to manage their condition effectively:
It is important to avoid other foods, including:
Swallowing Strategies 11) Myth: People with dysphagia shouldn’t use straws. Truth: Straws propel fluids into the back of the mouth faster, so they sometimes cause problems for people with dysphagia. However, some people have trouble propelling the fluid backward, and a straw can make swallowing easier.
Because aspiration pneumonia in the elderly is related to certain risk factors, including dysphagia and aspiration, effective preventive measures involve various approaches, such as pharmacological therapy, swallowing training, dietary management, oral hygiene and positioning.
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Nasogastric tube feeding Nasogastric tube (NGT) feeding is a commonly used method of enteral feeding. In patients with a short-term life expectancy, nasogastric feeding is a more appropriate route for enteral nutrition.
Body positions that minimize aspiration include the reclining position, chin down, head rotation, side inclination, the recumbent position, and combinations of these. Patients with severe dysphagia often use a 30° reclining position.
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Offer small amounts of food and fluids at a consistency that the person can manage and is safe. Always seek advice from a speech and language therapist if you are concerned about a person’s swallowing. They can perform an assessment and advise on the most suitable consistency.