The Body Position Of The Resident

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enjoyed ice cream, and I tried to combine the meals with bites of ice cream in between. He seemed to like the sensations created by the differences in taste and temperature. In addition, I sat and talked with Henry as well as offered encouragement. It also helped when I added sweetening or lightly salted the food whenever possible. This strategy worked well in maintaining his weight and health. Feeding elderly’s who had dysphagia or difficulty swallowing also proved challenging. When one had difficulty swallowing, they might cough when they eat or drink. They can choke on foods and fluids, so they were unable to drink liquids like water, juice, tea or coffee or food safely. The option for liquids was water and fluids that were as thick as honey. These thick fluids were good for elderly’s who were at risk for choking on thin fluids, like water. The body position of the resident was also very important when they had difficulty swallowing. For instance, a resident by the name of Ms. Good had dysphagia or difficulty swallowing and was bed ridden. Strategies I used with feeding her for safety purposes were as followed: I positioned her in a 60-90 degree upright position with the head flexed forward and midline. Her pillows were positioned behind the lower back to help stabilize or to prevent reflux (food flows back). This technique was also important in order to reduce aspiration, which is when the food or drinks enters into the lung, which can cause serious complication,
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