Wow. This is a game changer!

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!”

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!”

The importance of hydration in dysphagia management

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”

Can you tell what’s going wrong?

Everybody means well. You mean well, you’re reading a healthcare-related blog post. You don’t go into a caring profession unless you care. So why, despite IDDSI, are things still going wrong when it comes to thickening drinks? I mixed one of the commonly used gum-based thickeners incorrectly and this is how it pours at IDDSIContinue reading “Can you tell what’s going wrong?”