Team:
Nursing Staff : responsible for safe eating position at mealtimes, making the person aware that it is a meal time and you are about to start feeding them, manageable amounts in a mouthful, reminding person to chew and swallow, ensuring they are not storing food in their mouth or further back. According to Volicer & Hurley (1998) cueing is regularly required to remind individuals to chew the food or swallow. To help initiate a swallow, gently stroking the throat can be very effective. Regular and thorough oral care is incredibly important.
Speech Therapist: Assessing safe swallow and food/fluid consistency
OT: Provide adapted utensils if need be.
Dietician: Provide supplement drinks if individual requires more calories than they are getting.
Gerontologist: Acute plan if individual is admitted to hospital with Lower Respiratory Tract Infection.