Dysphagia (Swallowing Problems)

Feb 19, 2019

A person with Dementia may have trouble chewing food, they may have even forgotten how to chew. Foods that are difficult to chew should be avoided, such as tough meats, hard crusts, biscuits and also sweetcorn, as we all know is difficult to deconstruct. People with dentures may also struggle and it is important for these to fit properly

dementia care home - swallowing problem

Swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia) can happen as the dementia progresses. If someone is having difficulty they should be referred to the SALT Team (Speech and Language Therapists). Some signs are avoiding to eat hard foods, not swallowing and constant chewing. The inability to consume the food properly can also lead to weight loss, malnutrition and even dehydration. It is also really important the person is in a suitable position to eat because if not this will increase the inability to swallow or the likelihood of choking.

Larchfield House (a dementia care specialist) provides a well-balanced, nutritious and tasty solution with our pureed food, which is beautifully presented for our residents. The consistency of the food enables an easier swallowing option without having to struggle with chewing, fluids are also thickened, which all aid towards prevention of choking.

Residents with swallowing issues are referred by our nursing team, you can contact them directly if you are caring for your loved one or via your GP, if you need advice. Please contact us at Larchfield House, we will always try to help and support the local community. Call on 01628 639428 you may download our brochure from dementia care home