We have started rationing her food and drink. In that we have her a full meal but only give her a small amount to eat on her own. She has very few teeth and those are very bad, so all of her meals are blended which makes them like thin mashed potatoes. This pocketing liquids scares me.
Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.
Talk to your doctor, she needs an immediate evaluation by a qualified expert in dysphagia, in the US that is usually a speech and language pathologist.
She will hold liquids in her cheeks,under her tongue and sometimes the back of her mouth.
Or are you just asking for ideas from other caregivers about managing dysphagia?
Second her drinks should ALL be thickened with the product Thick It or the like, and all her foods pureed.
And third, perhaps it's best that someone actually takes the time to feed her, so they can better control what's getting in and she can't pocket the food.