590 million people suffer with dysphagia worldwide. Dysphagia means difficulty or inability to swallow. Dysphagia is not a disease but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. Dysphagia may occur as a result of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, those with intellectual disabilities or can occur with some cancers, particularly of the mouth and oesophagus. The aim of this website is to help people with dysphagia; to provide guidance and support.
You will learn all about textured modified diets, with practical training on how to prepare foods safely with new IDDSI standards.
With a love of food and drink, and well over 20 years of experience in hospitality and healthcare catering, Dining with Dignity invite you to look at food and nutrition from a different perspective.
Weakness of the mouth and the throat muscles can occur in dysphagia and may result in food or drinks “going down the wrong way”. This means that the food or drinks go into the lungs instead of the stomach. This can cause chest infections and pneumonia. Modifying food consistency minimises the risk of choking, and minimises the risk of food or drink entering the lungs(aspiration) and can also help minimise the; feeling of food getting stuck in the Oesophagus. Liquids can be thickened (if recommended by your Speech & language Therapist) and foods are altered in Texture.
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