Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns

Difficulty swallowing at end of life – What may help

Below are some of the things healthcare providers and familes can do as swallowing becomes more difficult at end of life. Click on each for more information.

What a healthcare provider can do

If the person is still eating or drinking, the healthcare provider may consult an occupational therapist or speech language pathologist who can suggest things to help with swallowing safety including help with feeding, positioning, and food or liquid textures.

What families can do

Helpful resources
Article that discusses what might be expected as death nears: Final weeks and days: What to expect