Patients who have progressive neurologic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS]), myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Alzheimer’s disease may also have problems swallowing (dysphagia). Hormel Health Labs has suggestions to help when working with patients and residents with these types of issues.
A medical professional should evaluate a swallowing disorder in order to identify the right treatment. In most cases, a modified diet will be recommended. If left untreated, there is risk of dehydration, weight loss and malnourishment as a result of inability to swallow. Pneumonia could also result if food gets into the lungs while swallowing.
Fortunately, there are products available that make swallowing easier, helping to maintain nutrition in seniors. These products allow you to find and create nutritious, flavorful foods with the right texture for a patient or resident with dysphagia.