It’s 29 degrees C outside as I write this. Imagine being nil by mouth in this weather. I wrote this blog last year and was reminded of it as the parents of a young woman who has been nil by mouth for months told me last week that they wanted her to try it. ItContinue reading “Wow. This is a game changer!”
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”
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”
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”
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!”
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!”
Written by Caroline Hill, dietitian for Dysphagia Kitchen Now that the warmer weather is finally upon us, I thought it was a pertinent time to remind everyone about the importance of hydration. Hydration is just as important as ensuring adequate nutrition and even more so for people living with dysphagia. The risk of dehydration inContinue reading “The importance of hydration in dysphagia management”
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