What can be done at home to help with swallowing?
Swallowing difficulties can lead to stressful mealtimes! Here’s a few tips to help but don’t forget you can discuss with your Montrose Speech Pathologist to get more advice.
Don’t rush: We can all be guilty of rushing at mealtimes but a rushed meal for someone with dysphagia can cause real difficulties. A simple step for carers is to slow down and focus on the social aspect of eating. A calm, regular routine at mealtimes can help a lot.
Manage consistency: People with dysphagia may have specific needs in terms of texture and thickened fluids. It’s important to follow any diet or modifications suggested by your Speech Pathologist. This might be soft foods, pureed or minced meals.