Dysphagia and Nursing Home Residents

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe any difficulties with swallowing. The condition can affect anyone, particularly older individuals. Dysphagia can manifest itself in many different ways. Some people only have trouble swallowing certain types of foods or liquids, while others have trouble with any type of food or beverage. 

These difficulties can include:

coughing while eating or drinking 
food coming back up through the mouth or nose 
excess production of saliva
a sensation of having food stuck in one’s throat or chest.

Given that older populations are particularly at risk, how does this