‘Fitness for swallowing’ wins the NPGZ incentive prize
The ‘Fitness for swallowing’ research of ‘Stichting De Trans’ wins the NPGZ incentive prize. The Northern Platform for Disability Care (NPGZ is the Dutch abbreviation) makes a yearly amount of money available for members of their platform. The NPGZ aims to stimulate an improvement in the quality of life of people with disabilities.
In 2014, Sophia Helmhout (speech therapist) researched the presence of swallowing problems in people with a multiple disabilities. The results showed that 50% of adult clients, who are getting 24-hour care, have swallowing problems. Because the instructions and exercises are too difficult, traditional treatments only show small results. The ‘Fitness for swallowing’ study started in 2017 and investigates whether the SilverFit Rephagia can be used by people with mental disabilities in 24-hour care.
The SilverFit Rephagia is currently used to treat swallowing disorders (dysphagia) in elderly worldwide and uses biofeedback. This feedback is displayed in graphs and games, which are easy to understand for the client. This way, clients can see when they perform a good swallowing movement. The system could therefore also be a useful solution for people with multiple disabilities, as instructions are often difficult for them.