Feeding Dependency Issues in the Long-Term Care Environment There are many patients in long-term care settings that are unable to feed themselves and require others, such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), to feed them. This dependency—feeding dependency—presents numerous problems for the caregiver and residents, as well as the facility itself. (Note: “Caregiver” can be broadly defined as ... Article
Article  |   March 2001
Feeding Dependency Issues in the Long-Term Care Environment
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  • Carol Winchester
    Genesis Rehabilitation Services, Tampa, FL
  • Cathy Pelletier
    Cornell University, Ithica, NY
  • Pete Johnson
    Genesis Health Ventures, Tampa FL
  • Copyright © 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 2001
Feeding Dependency Issues in the Long-Term Care Environment
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2001, Vol. 10, 19-24. doi:10.1044/sasd10.1.19
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2001, Vol. 10, 19-24. doi:10.1044/sasd10.1.19
There are many patients in long-term care settings that are unable to feed themselves and require others, such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), to feed them. This dependency—feeding dependency—presents numerous problems for the caregiver and residents, as well as the facility itself. (Note: “Caregiver” can be broadly defined as any individual who takes care of another person. However, due to the extensive nursing home research drawn from the literature for this article, “caregiver” will be defined as a CNA working in a nursing home although generalizations to other settings and persons may be applicable.)
In addition, these problems can be serious and life threatening for the resident. The situation will be exacerbated as more citizens in this country become elderly. It is estimated that by the year 2030, the number of individuals over 65 will double and that the number of individuals over 85 years of age will increase fivefold. The elderly requiring long-term care placement is anticipated to double by the same year. At the same time, those patients in long-term care settings are expected to be sicker and require more complex care (Pillemer, 1996).
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