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IDDSI, monkeys and myths

A myth-busting blog! Have you ever been asked to do something at work but not given a reason? Or have been doing something for years thinking you know why but it turns out to be wrong? Or you’re asked to do something, you then ask Why? and you’re told, “because that’s the way we doContinue reading “IDDSI, monkeys and myths”

Mixing it up

Can people with dysphagia have ‘mixed textures’ on the plate? No. But now and again, Yes. Have you noticed how every time we pose one of these questions, the answer is rarely straightforward? This is because we’re supporting individuals. People with specific needs, wishes and preferences on a background of comorbidities and treatments unique toContinue reading “Mixing it up”

Nutrition and Hydration Week 2021: Thirsty Thursday

Did you know the prevalence of dehydration in older adults in residential care is 20-38% (1)? Dehydration in the older person is the result of a number of factors including physiological changes due to the ageing process, underlying medical conditions, impaired cognition and frailty. Associated with a number of medical conditions such as stroke, isContinue reading “Nutrition and Hydration Week 2021: Thirsty Thursday”

This week we are supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week 2021!

The purpose of Nutrition and Hydration Week is to promote: •          The 10 Key Characteristics for Good Nutritional Care •          Protected Mealtimes •          Nutrition Advocates for each health or social care setting •          The minimum standards for good nutrition in the respective settings •          Highlighting Good Nutrition and Hydration Practices •          Continued Education for professionalsContinue reading “This week we are supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week 2021!”

I’m not drinking that, it’s wallpaper paste!

What’s up with thickeners? The use of thickeners is a compensatory measure. They’re for pulmonary safety rather than swallow rehabilitation. Most thickeners are now gum-based rather than starch-based. Why? Well, the starch-based thickeners aren’t amylase resistant. This meant that if a person with dysphagia held the thickened drink in their mouth for longer than usual,Continue reading “I’m not drinking that, it’s wallpaper paste!”

Are you equipped for IDDSI?

Chefs love a good gadget. Let’s get it out there… You do not need lots of equipment to be able to prepare IDDSI Framework food. You need the right equipment!!! IDDSI Level 3 Liquidised Diet and IDDSI Level 4 Purée Diet You need a blender. But which one? I’m sure you will all have yourContinue reading “Are you equipped for IDDSI?”


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