Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing problems. There are different causes and types of dysphagia. Some people have difficulty swallowing specific types of food or liquids. Some people cannot swallow at all. Difficulties in any of the main stages of the eating, drinking and swallowing process can be called dysphagia. It is generally accepted that people with learning disabilities are more likely to have dysphagia than other people. Dysphagia can result in choking and may lead to death.

The Dysphagia Guide is an e-learning resource that provides free dysphagia training for anyone in the UK, including family carers.

The resource is for anyone caring for someone who has dysphagia. Dysphagia, which is difficulties chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks, has serious implications for a person’s health and wellbeing with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations.

The resource, which was co-developed with care home staff, is useful for family carers, healthcare professionals, and people with dysphagia themselves. The Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource is made up of five sessions that cover the following topics:

  • essentials
  • food
  • quality and safety
  • training and resources
  • workforce

For more information about the e-learning resource, including access details, please visit the e-learning for healthcare website. The dysphagia training is free and you won’t need to register or log in.

See: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dysphagiaguide/