What is Dysphagia?

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Did you know that, on average, a person swallows 500-700 times a day? But while most people do it without thinking, many others have issues being able to swallow.

Dysphagia is the medical term to describe difficulty in swallowing, which may include problems with:

  • Sucking
  • Swallowing
  • Drinking
  • Chewing
  • Managing saliva
  • Taking medication

This condition can restrict food and beverage choices, impacting social interactions and can lead to significant health problems.

At HenderCare, our speech pathologist team understands the impact of swallowing difficulties on your quality of life. They will work with you to identify and achieve your goals around safe and enjoyable mealtimes.

Our experienced speech pathologists can conduct a swallowing assessment and make recommendations on:

  • strategies that can be used to optimise your safety and enjoyment while eating and drinking
  • adaptive equipment to support your independence at mealtimes
  • types of foods and drinks that will be safer and more comfortable for you to ingest

They can provide information about preparing modified diets or fluids and offer training to yourself, family members and paid care staff. They can also assist you to source and access mealtime equipment and products.

To learn more about speech pathology services, contact the team at alliedhealth@hendercare.com.au or call on 1300 764 433 to arrange a swallowing assessment and mealtime support input from a speech pathologist.

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