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New Dining Practice Standards

Texte: 50%‐70% of residents leave 25% or more of their food uneaten at most meals and both chart documentation of percent eaten and the MDS are notoriously inaccurate, consistently representing a gross under‐estimate of low intake. 60%‐80% of residents have a physician or dietitian order to receive dietary supplements. 25% of residents experienced weight loss…
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Dealing With Dysphagia

As physicians working with older adults recognize, swallowing function can deteriorate with age. Older adults’ teeth are often weak or absent. The mucosal surfaces in the mouth and throat are less moist. There is a loss of muscle strength in the mouth and throat that slows swallowing and makes it difficult to swallow hard or…
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What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia means swallowing difficulties, and usually caused by nerve or muscle problems. Dysphagia may occur after a stroke, throat and mouth cancer, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), or as a symptoms of several different neurological disorders. Pain can be the sole cause of dysphagia; a pain in the throat makes swallowing difficult. However, dysphagia can be…
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