It is estimated over 50% of a SNF population has dysphagia. Poor oral hygiene is linked to swallowing issues, respiratory problems, heart disease, and gastrointestinal issues. Oral care is vital for anyone with dysphagia to prevent aspiration, or anyone who has other health issues.
This is a one page handout that is perfect for caregiver education, patient education, and as a reminder for aides.
Give it to any new patients and their family when you explain dysphagia.
Give it to a patient as "homework" and modify the steps if necessary.
Give it to the nursing staff and aides as an in-service.
Post it by the sink in the patient's room if allowed.
The Oral Care Guide for Patients and Caregivers is written in a larger font (14-18pt), is easy to read, and written for anyone to understand. It includes the WHY of oral care, HOW to perform oral care on someone with teeth, dentures, or without teeth, and the WHEN of oral care.
This guide is multicolored, but will print nicely in black and white as well. Size is 8.5x11" or standard copy paper size.