1. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    Mum went to day care yesterday and they phoned me to say she was choking on her food! They said i should get the doctor out to her. The doc is coming at lunchtime and i was wondering if anyone knows what she will do to determine if mum has a problem? Will she look down her throat? What will happen? Cant see how they will find out theres a problem!! If she has a problem whats the next step?. Hope someone can help me. Xx
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,649
    Kent
    Hello chelsea girl

    I hope the GP will refer your mother to a Speech Therapist. They are able to advise about eating and swallowing difficulties.
     
  3. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    Thank you. Sometimes feel i know nothing and am out of my depth. This helps thanks xx
     
  4. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,561
    North West
    Although I understand the day care staff's concern and it is well worth discussing the issue with your GP, this could just be a 'one off' event. After all, you don't have to have dementia to occasionally choke on your food. Have you noticed that she has a tendency to choke? Did the staff tell you what your mum was eating? These are the kind of things that the GP may ask
     
  5. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    Hi, its not the first time the day care has said she was choking, they cut up her food for her and yesterday she had turkey! We always give her softer food like shepards pie or pasta so havent really noticed it at home. She takes ages to eat and chews and chews before swallowing?
     
  6. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,561
    North West
    A lot of chewing can only be a good thing I reckon. It may be that they could offer her food on which she's less likely to choke and it's interesting if she doesn't choke on the food you give her. It will be interesting to get the GP's view. Please keep us posted.
     
  7. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,280
    Male
    North Manchester
    "... i was wondering if anyone knows what she will do to determine if mum has a problem? "

    My experience with the Speech And Language Therapist (SALT) was that they first got background details about the problem and looked in the mouth for any soreness/inflammation.

    They then asked for some yoghurt and a spoon and fed my wife the yoghurt, watched how she swallowed, felt her throat whilst swallowing and also listened with a stethoscope.
     
  8. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    I will do thank you. X
     
  9. chelsea girl

    chelsea girl Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    139
    Oh thank you thats just the sort of info i wanted . I feel ready now for the doctors visit x
     
  10. CJinUSA

    CJinUSA Registered User

    Jan 20, 2014
    1,127
    eastern USA
    dysphagia and aphagia

    My mother has dysphagia and aphagia - difficulty swallowing. We use a product called Thick It, which helps make the food softer. Turkey is probably too dry for her to swallow without some kind of softening agent.

    We buy Thick It in a bottle form, and we have the dry crystals as well.

    Eating problems can be caused by other things, but dementia patients (indeed all older individuals) develop difficulty swallowing because they aspirate irregularly. I don't know whether the folks at the day center can accommodate this, but as the problem is so common, they ought to learn how to handle it, it would seem to me.
     
  11. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
    10,561
    North West
    Good point CJ.
     

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