Advice for caregivers and friends
When your friend or a loved one has dysphagia, it’s normal to want to do everything you can to help. There are many things you can do to help, such as:
- Keeping track of medications and medical appointments
- Writing a list of questions and taking notes during your visits with healthcare professionals
- Watching for signs of changes in mood or health, and raising any concerns with the person’s healthcare professionals
- Learn about dysphagia, so you can help your friend or loved one identify any signs of swallowing problems or changes in condition
Taking care of someone with dysphagia can be physically and emotionally demanding for the caregiver. This is why it’s so important for the caregivers and friends of those living with dysphagia to also take care of themselves, and to reach out for help if the demands and stress are too much.
It may be a good idea to share your feelings with someone you trust or another caregiver who may understand and share in your challenges. Take care of your physical health. Eat healthy and nutritious foods, and try to be physically active most days of the week.
Try to have daily conversations about a topic that is not related to dysphagia or the condition that caused it. Keep up with current events and local news to broaden your outlook and keep the conversations going.