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Swallowing Therapy and Meal Management

Swallowing Therapy and Meal ManagementFor patients with eating, swallowing or self-feeding difficulties, it can be challenging to meet daily nutrition requirements. That’s why Atlantic Rehabilitation provides meal management and swallowing therapy services under the supervision of a team of nurses, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation aides and a registered dietician.

Evaluation

During meals, our specialists monitor the texture, rate and amount of food the patient is able to swallow. Based upon the results, they may recommend supplements or alternative food selections to maximize nutrition. The patient’s family is also instructed in meal supervision, including how to identify solid food structures and liquid consistencies, and provide encouragement.

Training

To ensure patients are able to swallow a variety of different textured foods and fluids without choking, we teach them swallowing and positioning techniques, including proper eating posture. In some cases, adaptive feeding equipment or VitalStim® therapy – a device that electrically stimulates the muscles of the throat to improve swallowing – may be necessary.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

 

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