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Dysphagia & The IDDSI

People with Dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Eating then becomes a challenge. Often, Dysphagia makes it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.

Dysphagia occurs when there is a problem with any part of the swallowing process. Weak tongue or cheek muscles may make it hard to move food around in the mouth for chewing. Food pieces that are too large for swallowing may enter the throat and block the passage of air. Other problems include not being able to start the swallowing reflex (a stimulus that allows food and liquids to move safely through the pharynx) because of a stroke or other nervous system disorder. People with these kinds of problems are unable to begin the muscle movements that allow food to move from the mouth to the stomach. Another difficulty can occur when weak throat muscles cannot move all of the food toward the stomach. Particles of food can also fall or be pulled into the windpipe (trachea), which may result in lung infection.

How Can We Help?

People who suffer from Dysphagia may require a pureed diet of pureed or texture modified food. It is still commonplace for the constituents of for example a roast dinner to be pureed together and served as an unrecognisable blend of the original ingredients to patients with Dysphagia as a liquid diet or soft diet food. This is visually unappealing and can cause distress to the patient, it can manifest itself in a psychological and physical dread of mealtimes. This can lead to malnutrition just at a time when the patient needs as many calories and nutrients as possible to aid recovery.

We are able to offer the solution to this problem with our Simply Puree range of meals. With 24 meals in our range and accompanying desserts, you can be sure of a complete solution. Working to national descriptors developed by the British Dietetic Association, we reflect the appropriate textures in our meals meaning that you don’t have to worry about achieving the correct consistency for the correct soft diet meals.

Our textured, pureed and reshaped meals are visually appetising, nutritionally balanced and above all delicious! Whether you need them for 2 square meals a day, or as a backup while you recover, you can be sure of flavour and quality every time. Froim hospital to home, our meals are available nationwide to buy online directly or through our partners Oakhouse Foods. Please feel free to give us a call or email us with your requirements, we'd love to hear from you.

IDDSI Update

The IDDSI framework has recently been formally endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). As a forward thinking company, with a strong focus on development of our range for dysphagia, we have embraced the standards and will adopt the new framework.

  • We are now reviewing and redeveloping of our current Texture Modified range to meet the new standard.
  • As part of the IDDSI UK Expert Reference Group, we have been able to advise on the best means of implementation, training and education of your staff
  •  We will launch dual labelling from around September 2018 which will show the new IDDSI standards alongside the current descriptors where applicable, this will help to educate staff, housekeeping and all medical staff associated with dysphagia.
  •  We have produced a training pack that outlines the changes, new classifications and methods of testing that make sure that the textures are correct and meet the requirements.
  •  We have a full team on hand to answer any questions you may have, from a technical and nutritional perspective to simply explaining what to look for with the new colours and symbols, so no matter what the questions, we are on hand to help.
  •  When it comes to implementing the new range, we will be on hand to train you staff on any changes to heating and serving and show them what to look for on the labels to make sure the correct texture is used for the correct patient.

We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your team, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.