People with Dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Eating then becomes a challenge. Often, Dysphagia makes it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.
Dysphagia occurs when there is a problem with any part of the swallowing process. Weak tongue or cheek muscles may make it hard to move food around in the mouth for chewing. Food pieces that are too large for swallowing may enter the throat and block the passage of air. Other problems include not being able to start the swallowing reflex (a stimulus that allows food and liquids to move safely through the pharynx) because of a stroke or other nervous system disorder. People with these kinds of problems are unable to begin the muscle movements that allow food to move from the mouth to the stomach. Another difficulty can occur when weak throat muscles cannot move all of the food toward the stomach. Particles of food can also fall or be pulled into the windpipe (trachea), which may result in lung infection.
How Can We Help?
People who suffer from Dysphagia may require pureed or texture modified food. It is still commonplace for the constituents of for example a roast dinner to be pureed together and served as an unrecognisable blend of the original ingredients to patients with Dysphagia. This is visually unappealing and can cause distress to the patient, it can manifest itself in a psychological and physical dread of mealtimes. This can lead to malnutrition just at a time when the patient needs as many calories and nutrients as possible to aid recovery.
We are able to offer the solution to this problem with our SimplyPuree range of meals. With 23 meals in our range and accompanying desserts, you can be sure of a complete solution. Working to national descriptors developed by the British Dietetic Association, we reflect the appropriate textures in our meals meaning that you don’t have to worry about achieving the correct consistency for the correct diet.
Our textured, pureed and reshaped meals are visually appetising, nutritionally balanced and above all delicious! Whether you need them for 2 square meals a day, or as a backup while you recover, you can be sure of flavour and quality every time. Whether at home or in hospital our meals are available nationwide, so call or email us with your requirements.