A resident may require a textured diet if they have been recognised as having dysphagia. Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties and affects roughly 8% of the world’s population which equates to 98,931,680 individuals. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, whilst others can’t swallow at all.
Other signs of dysphagia include:
• coughing or choking when eating or drinking
• bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose
• a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest
• persistent drooling of saliva
Dysphagia can impact on an individual’s quality of life as a result of anxiety, embarrassment and loss of taste and smell. Therefore ensuring that individuals with dysphagia have a nutritious, appetising and safe meal is essential.
We offer solutions and training for your catering team so you can better provide for residents that have difficulty swallowing. Whether you need to offer thin/thick purée or premashed/ fork mashable diets we can guide you through suitable product recommendations that not only negate the risks of malnutrition, dehydration and choking, but are also delicious too.
The Dysphagia Diet Food Texture Descriptors provide guidance to caterers to ensure the appropriate texture is met, depending on an individual’s diagnosis. The below descriptors provide standard terminology to be used by all health professionals and food providers when communicating about an individual’s requirements.
Ensuring that the presentation of a dysphagia meal is as realistic as possible is key to the residents well-being.
Top tips for presentation include separating each item on the plate, for example if you are recreating a roast dinner each component should be pureed and presented individually. Try layering for dishes such as cottage pie or desserts in a glass dish.
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Source: Premier Foods Care Catering Solutions