Strategies to Improve the Hydration of Residents with Dysphagia in Nursing Homes

Speakers:
Dr. Heather Keller

Summary

Prevalence of dehydration in residential care is challenging to estimate, as there are variable ways of assessing this condition. A systematic review by Paulis et al. (2018) identified a range of 0.08 -38.5%. Dehydration is more likely to occur in those with dysphagia due to their low fluid intake. A variety of strategies have been instituted to promote hydration in those with dysphagia, however there is a lack of evidence to guide practice. The aim of this lecture is help to spread among health care professionals the importance to improve the hydration of residents with dyspahgia.