New £57,000 scheme for the elderly

ELDERLY patients in care homes with feeding or swallowing difficulties are to get help thanks to a £57,000 project.

Under the scheme, care home nurses will receive training from Derbyshire Community Health Services’ speech and language therapists so they can identify and manage the condition, known as dysphagia.

The initiative is one of 14 national schemes being funded through charity Health Foundation’s Shine Award programme, which seeks to improve the health service through testing innovative ideas.

Mary Heritage, head of speech and language therapy services, said: “This is a really welcome opportunity to give care home nurses the right training to spot this potentially life-threatening condition.”