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Relatives at Laurels Lodge learn more about Dysphagia

Relatives who attended the latest quarterly meeting at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside, had the opportunity to learn a lot more about Dysphagia (swallowing problems) and how our teams care for their loved ones with this problem.

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager at Laurels Lodge explained: “I like to try and get ‘guest speakers’ into my relatives meetings as I want relatives to be as informed as possible. The Four Seasons Chef Trainer David Richards delivered the session on dysphagia and let the relatives taste the food that we can provide to their loved ones. By having guest speakers it encourages residents to come to the meetings. I’ve done a similar one which saw Clinical Psychologist Shonagh Walton talk about dementia.”

David spoke to the group about food and nutrition and how little changes can have a positive impact on people suffering with this condition.

Margaret Wilson, a relative who regularly visits the home, said: “I really enjoyed the talk, I’ve learnt so much and it made me realise the things that I could have done better back then when I was still looking after my husband at home. I appreciate it very much that the relatives are being included in talks like this because this is the only way we learn. It’s very good.”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care and respite care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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