The Essence Service hosts various training opportunities at our Centre in Doxford Park for families and carers including “Eating and Swallowing Changes (Dysphagia) in Dementia“.

We had a successful Dysphagia session on Thursday 22nd June which was thoroughly enjoyed by carers, families and our clients with Dementia.  This session was presented by Rebecca Hopkins, Speech and Language Therapist, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The session raised awareness of the normal swallow and how this may change in people living with dementia.
There were helpful hints and practical tips to encourage safe eating and drinking. As well as information on; what changes to look out for, what support is available and who to ask if any help is required.

The session was kept informal and had a friendly atmosphere, with the opportunity to ask questions. Discussion was encouraged throughout the session, with people sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Essence clients and their carers will be kept up to date with future Dysphagia sessions.

If you have any questions, call the Essence Service on 0191 5221310, email or drop in to the Essence Centre, at the Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.


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