Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins is used to getting questions from people newly diagnosed with dysphagia. Below she answers some of the more typical questions she receives.
A dysphagia diagnosis may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. You likely received a lot of helpful hospital discharge information, and it may be helpful to review some typical key points again.
Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins, MA, CCC-SLP, has helped many newly diagnosed dysphagia patients get accustomed to their new diets, including showing them how to get more variety into their meals by using products such as THICK & EASY®. In a recent interview, she shared a few helpful reminders for everything from managing appointments to preparing appetizing, safe-to-swallow meals.
Ann Collins is an acute care speech-language pathologist with Carolinas Medical Center/Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, N.C.
Caring for your aging relatives and for your own children are, individually, full-time commitments. When you suddenly have to do both, the stress often ramps up to a new level.
If this sounds like your household, you may be among the estimated 44.4 million Americans, ages 40-65, labeled the “Sandwich Generation”. Hormel Health Labs has ways to make your tight schedule a little more manageable; at least when it comes to nutrition. Continue reading
Holistic pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos knows first-hand what it’s like to manage foods and medications for aging relatives, so she was happy to be invited to share her advice with KHOU Houston audience. Torkos cautioned that many older adults may have difficulty getting adequate nutrition and/or have swallowing disorders. She recommends the line of flavorful THICK & EASY® thickened foods, a widely available and affordable option that allows loved ones to enjoy meals with dignity. Continue reading
Do you worry that loved ones in your care may not be getting enough nutrition? What should you do if they have trouble swallowing? The host of the KABB Fox TV show, Daytime at 9, welcomed holistic pharmacist, fitness instructor and author Sherry Torkos to talk about the challenges facing families providing home health care for aging parents and grandparents. Torkos told the San Antonio audience that nutritional support is readily available at HEB supermarkets. Continue reading
A healthy appetite and good nutrition are the important first steps to improving nutritional intake and preventing malnutrition.
Interventions for involuntary weight loss include:
- Monitor meal-time intake.
- Offer snacks at all activities.
- Provide six small meals per day.
- Use high-calorie, high-protein shakes between meals.
- Follow a medication pass program that delivers calorie dense products.
- Keep an updated list of likes and dislikes.
- Weigh frequently.
- Assure proper table side positioning at meals.
Preparation of modified texture diets should be simple! The actual use of a food processor to grind or puree foods is not a difficult task, but the end results vary widely. Over the past 15 years, dietetic professionals, food service personnel, speech language pathologists and food manufacturers have been trying to solve the mystery of standardizing texture levels related to a puree and mechanical soft diet. For tips on preparing meals with THICK & EASY® products, see our previous post. Continue reading
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