I Can, Take Charge of My Health Education Day: Dysphagia, safe feeding practices
Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty or discomfort swallowing when described as a symptom of a disorder. Our Winnipeg office held an education day, and Patrick Tremblay-Sabourin, RD presented on the topic of dysphagia. Here is an excerpt from his presentation handout on safe feeding practices:
Before the Meal
- Do not provide individual with any food or liquid that is not compliant with their diet texture
- Ensure individual has all adaptive equipment that they might need.
- Ensure proper positioning: sitting upright with feet and head well supported.
- The caregiver should be at eye level with the individual, facing in front of, or along side of the individual. Know the individual and use whichever position works best for both the caregiver and individual.