HCP

DYSPHAGIA FOR CARERS

A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

Dysphagia is common and can affect people of all ages.

Caring for a person with dysphagia can feel like a big responsibility. Ensuring safe eating and drinking, every single day is something that will, hopefully, feel easier over time.

HOW TO RECOGNISE DYSPHAGIA?

Dysphagia may develop slowly, so it is important to know the signs and symptoms so that prompt action can be taken:

  • Slow eating or being unable to chew food
  • Gurgling, coughing or choking during meals
  • Regurgitation of food, sometimes through the nose
  • Multiple swallows of a single mouthful
  • Persistent drooling

A professional dysphagia diagnosis is essential. If a person in your care has difficulty swallowing or other signs of dysphagia, then your GP is the first place to go to. Some people can be slow to seek help and this must be avoided.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MANAGING DYSPHAGIA AS A CARER.


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