Safe Swallowing and Feeding Techniques

Safe Swallowing and Feeding Techniques 

Mealtime is often a very pleasurable experience that not only provides the body nourishment but also serves as an opportunity to socialize with family, friends, and even caregivers. However, it can be especially hazardous for some individuals. The normal aging process, medical conditions or diagnoses, and even certain medications increase the risk of injury or death from choking and aspiration. This course provides an overview of safe swallowing and feeding techniques to help prevent aspiration. It is designed to enhance caregiver knowledge and ensure caregiver competency in providing effective care during meals including measures to take to prevent complications.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1730001

California Department of Public Health (CNA)


Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-SSFT
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe dysphagia and aspiration and their warning signs.
Identify actions to take if someone is coughing or choking.
Identify techniques used to promote safe swallowing including mealtime preparation and modified diets.
Describe steps that can improve oral health.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Dysphagia and Aspiration A. Dysphagia B. Aspiration C. Risk for Aspiration Pneumonia D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Warning Signs A. Warning Signs B. Coughing C. Choking D. Referrals E. Review F. Summary Section 4: Mealtime Preparations A. Before the Meal B. Positioning C. Dining Set-Up D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Techniques for Safe Swallowing A. Level of Consciousness B. The Swallowing Plan C. Dysphagia Diet D. Thickened Liquids E. Feeding Techniques F. After Mealtime G. Review H. Summary Section 6: Oral Health A. Saliva B. Dry Mouth C. Preventive Care D. Oral Care E. Review F. Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
F Tags:
F692, F811
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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