Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins is used to getting questions from people newly diagnosed with dysphagia. Below she answers some of the more typical questions she receives.
A dysphagia diagnosis may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. You likely received a lot of helpful hospital discharge information, and it may be helpful to review some typical key points again. Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins, MA, CCC-SLP, has helped many newly diagnosed dysphagia patients get accustomed to their new diets, including showing them how to get more variety into their meals by using products such as THICK & EASY®. In a recent interview, she shared a few helpful reminders for everything from managing appointments to preparing appetizing, safe-to-swallow meals.
Holistic pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos knows first-hand what it’s like to manage foods and medications for aging relatives, so she was happy to be invited to share her advice with KHOU Houston audience. Torkos cautioned that many older adults may have difficulty getting adequate nutrition and/or have swallowing disorders. She recommends the line of flavorful THICK & EASY® thickened foods, a widely available and affordable option that allows loved ones to enjoy meals with dignity. Continue reading
Health Care Professionals are trained to assess and treat an individual's ability to swallow. They will advise on:
- The consistency required, and foods and drinks that are suitable.
- Liquid consistences may be nectar-like, honey-like or spoon thick
- The best sitting position to make swallowing easier and certain techniques to aid swallowing.
- Recommendations for good nutritional intakes may be provided on a variety of nutritional products and fortifying foods.
Dysphagia is the medical term to describe difficulty in swallowing food and/or beverages. A swallowing problem may arise as a side effect of many conditions, e.g.
- motor neurone disease
- multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- cerebral palsy
- head injury
- surgery to the head and neck
In some cases the swallowing problem may improve as recovery takes place, e.g. stroke, however, in other cases the condition may deteriorate, e.g. Parkinson's disease.