Join in on Swallowing Awareness Day
Swallowing Awareness Day 2018 is on Wednesday 14 March - could you get involved?
Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties have potentially life-threatening consequences for people with Parkinson's, including choking, pneumonia, chest infections, dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss.
These problems can cause unnecessary hospital admissions for people with Parkinson's – something the Excellence Network is working to reduce.
As a professional, it's important to be aware of this - and spread the word to your patients and colleagues too.
Swallowing Awareness Day 2018 is your chance to make a difference.
Run by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), the campaign offers lots of resources to help you spread the message about the problems people with Parkinson's can have with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, and how to manage them.
The RCSLT has built a campaign toolkit to help you get involved, including posters, factsheets and puzzles you can use to raise awareness of swallowing problems among your colleagues and patients.
What are you waiting for? Download the toolkit now!
Given how crucial an effective and safe swallow is for maintaining good health and quality of life it's essential that people affected by Parkinson's are reviewed regularly to check for problems arising. Swallowing changes creep up on you and negative changes may not always show themselves so obviously – again stressing the importance of regular expert monitoring.