As we grow older, it’s not uncommon to face certain health issues that we never thought possible when we were younger. In many cases, these problems revolve around eating, which is a daily activity that most people enjoy and look forward to. As adults begin to age, difficulty swallowing is one of the many medical issues that can occur. What was once an enjoyable activity at mealtime can now be a stressful and even painful experience. If not handled correctly, this can lead to more serious health problems down the road. Fortunately, with the appropriate nutritional assistance, this can be a manageable condition.
At 24 Hour Dependable Medical Supplies, we know the importance of managing your swallowing disorder properly. We carry a wide variety of feeding aid products that are extremely useful in managing difficulties with swallowing. For all of your medical feeding equipment needs, visit us in Middle River, MD near Baltimore today!
Food thickeners are an excellent option for dealing with swallowing difficulties. A thickener is added to thin liquids to make them thicker and safer to swallow. The goal with these products is to make certain liquids, such as beverages and soups, thicker so that they are less likely to cause aspiration, coughing, or choking. Some older adults don’t enjoy the traditional starch thickener. Luckily, there are other options available as well.
Products such as SimplyThick were created for individuals who have issues with standard commercial thickeners. With SimplyThick, taste and appearance are not affected. You’ll also enjoy the fact that there is no clumping and it can be easily mixed with any utensil. Keep in mind that when using SimplyThick, you should be prepared to drink right after mixing.
Feeding Containers & Utensils
In the event that you need adaptive eating utensils, there are plenty of options available. These utensils have been designed to assist individuals who experience difficulty when eating with everyday cutlery. In many cases, these utensils are utilized by those who live with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, grasping difficulties, or other physical disabilities. Options include larger, bendable, or weighted utensils that featured angled or foam handles for enhanced grip. There are also clips and straps available that slip over the hand to hold the utensil in place. If needed, there are also assistive plates, scoop bowls, plate guards, and divided plates available.
Feeding Tubes & Pumps
When enteral feeding or tube feeding is a necessity, there are several options available. Enteral feeding is the delivery of nutritional formulas that contain the essentials like protein, vitamins and minerals, fats, and carbohydrates, through a tube that’s placed through the nose or directly into the stomach. This is often necessary for patients who cannot get their basic nutrients by mouth because they cannot safely swallow. It may also be used for individuals who require supplemental nutrition.