presented by Denise Dougherty
Financial Disclosures •Honorarium - MedBridge •Honorarium ASHA –Private Practice Essentials: A Practical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists •Private Practice Owner
Non-Financial Disclosures •Past President AAPPSPA –American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology •Quality Insights of Pennsylvania
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Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP
Denise Dougherty owns a private practice in Indiana, PA. Ms. Dougherty was an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), received the Academy’s 2007 Honor Award for her achievements and…Read full bio
1. National Dysphagia Diet, New Dining Practice Standards and Recommendations
Many facilities utilize the National Dysphagia Diet or have their “own” version. The multidisciplinary team must know the facility diet levels, and what foods are appropriate or inappropriate for each resident. The New Dining Practice Standards has been utilized in some facilities, allowing residents to identify which diet they want as their standard practice of care. What do we do if a resident refuses their “recommended diet”? Is a waiver appropriate or are there other means to document this?
2. Equipment and Strategies to Enhance Safe Swallow and Improve Nutrition and Hydration
Adaptive equipment may make a huge difference in the patient’s ability to remain a safe self-feeder. The multidisciplinary team should be aware of the various types of equipment available and make appropriate recommendations. Strategies can be implemented in the dining room that assist with vision and improve positioning. The dietary staff can adapt strategies to enhance the tray appeal, smell and taste. The ultimate goal is to improve mealtime safety and increase enjoyment of the dining experience for our residents.