Some older adults may have difficulty swallowing solid foods or liquids. This condition is commonly called as dysphagia. This is particularly common in older adults who have experienced a stroke or other neurodegenerative disorders.
When a senior cannot swallow or chew their food normally, this may result in loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss and other health problems such as pneumonia, malnutrition, or dehydration.
To keep a senior healthy despite having dysphagia, preparing soft foods that are rich in calories, vitamins and minerals can provide enough nutrition to their bodies. Another is to maintain eye contact and encourage them while eating. Be vigilant also to see signs of choking or distraction.
Giving care to a senior with a swallowing problem can be challenging. At Angels Assisted Living, Inc., we can provide you with a reliable caregiver to help and assist your seniors at all times.
Our assisted living facility is built to deliver exceptional care to our clients while maintaining their dignity and independence.
Also, our quality homemaker services in Minnesota ensure that supportive and personal care services are provided to our clients, ensuring that a safe and healthy environment is created for them.