About 68% of residents in Aged Care Facilities has dysphagia/feeding difficulties with a large percentage (probably around 75%) undiagnosed. This makes the elephant in the nursing home dehydration and malnutrition. Because these conditions are difficult to diagnose the problem often present as social withdrawal, less speech, fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, loss of weight, bedsores, infections and early death.
We ought to do better in this space ....
Working as a carer I have always been concerned about the hydration of the residents that was prescribed thickened fluids.
The Rose Cup has been invaluable in providing an alternative to the laborious spoon feeding of the residents. I have seen a big change in the confidence of some residents, since they have been able to drink thickened fluids without the assistance of a carer. An awesome device which not only provides a means to consume thickened fluids, but also empowers the user by putting control of their hydration needs back in their own hands.
This improved time efficiencies can be used to expand on services offered to residents.