Resources to support safer modification of food and drink
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties and a sign or symptom of disease, which may be neurological, muscular, physiological or structural. Dysphagia can affect people of all ages in all types of care setting and food texture modification is widely accepted as a way to manage Dysphagia.
Many of our residents in our Care Homes have Dysphagia and as a company, Nellsar fully embrace any advancements in food safety. Dysphagia can affect residents to varying degrees, meaning a wide range of dietary requirements are strictly adhered to. With over 30 years’ experience in caring and catering for our residents, we remain at the forefront of implementing industry-set standards, including the recent introduction of new food product labelling set by the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDIS).
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) along with the Royal College of Speech & Language Specialists and NHS Improvement recently issued a patient safety alert on improved food labelling, along with IDDSI guidelines on how to label and colour code the many varying food texture requirements of people on the Dysphagia spectrum.
Nellsar’s Nutrition & Wellness Manager, Leni Wood, works alongside the Chefs in our Homes offering valuable support and insightful knowledge into all aspects of care catering, food safety, nutrition and hydration. We understand that what we consume has a direct impact on our physical health and it is key to keeping our residents well.
We are extremely proud of the level of care and all-round support that we, as a company, can offer each and every one of our residents within our Homes. Our staff teams provide exceptional levels of care, dignity and respect to ensure our residents feel happy and content.