A Dialogue On Dysphagia

Events, Kitchen, Seniors

In our Meals-on-Wheels program, we have lots of experience accommodating our meals to people with various dietary restrictions and preferences, but we are continually trying to offer a better and safer service. In that regard, we invite you to a presentation on how to adapt food for people with swallowing difficulties.

Part of Projection Week, a week of events touching on end-of-life issues and palliative care, this presentation will be a dialogue with Shauna Craig, a Speech-Language Pathologist from Notre-Dame Hospital, and Santropol Roulant about food and swallowing safety in a Meals-on-Wheels program for people living at home with a loss of autonomy. We hope to raise awareness about this important issue and discuss avenues for improving service and ensuring accessibility.

Dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, is estimated to affect 8% of the general population and up to 40% of persons in long-term care. It has significant impacts on an individual’s quality of life, can lead to pneumonia, malnutrition and even death.

Recent deaths related to swallowing difficulties in long-term care facilities in Quebec have highlighted the importance of understanding this important issue. As a service offering food to seniors and people living with various chronic illnesses, it’s important that we understand the risks present.

Date: October 15th, 2019
Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: 111 rue Roy est, Second-Floor Loft
Accessibility: This event is accessible to all levels of mobility
Language: The event will primarily be in English with French translation as needed