Food Solutions Articles

July 15, 2022
Dysphagia End of Life Care

We all experience grief differently and respond to death and dying from the perspective of our own personal, spiritual or cultural beliefs. For some, the topic is very difficult to contemplate, let alone discuss, while others are more comfortable talking about and navigating the challenges that arise during this natural part of life. It is...

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June 17, 2022
The Essential Ingredient for Wound Healing

Good nutrition is an essential ingredient for wound healing and prevention. Did you know that pressure injury prevalence has been reported to be 16-23% in combined hospital and residential aged care populations? (1,2) Chronic leg ulcers affect 1-3% of people aged over 60 years, with incidence increasing up to 5-10% in the 80+ age group....

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December 19, 2021
Mealtime Behaviour Management Strategies

Helping someone to eat can significantly improve the experience of mealtimes for everyone involved. Remember helping someone doesn’t necessarily mean physically assisting someone to eat. Wherever possible, everyone is encouraged to eat independently if they can. Here are some tips to empower you in helping beyond ‘feeding’ someone. Be mindful, each person will benefit from...

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November 2, 2021
Explaining The ‘Why’ Behind the Common Safe Swallowing Strategies.

Have you ever seen the same recommendations provided after each Speech Pathology swallowing assessment and wondered ‘why?’ 1: Here we breakdown the common Safe Swallowing or Aspiration Reduction Strategies: Alert and upright at 90degrees for whole duration of meal and at least 20 mins after intake. Alert: hopefully this is intuitive! But if someone is...

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September 22, 2021
Nutrition and Dementia

For individuals with dementia, it is very important to maintain good nutrition in order to prevent deconditioning and malnutrition. It is common for people with dementia to find eating meals a challenge as dementia progresses, and this can contribute to weight loss. Individuals with dementia may experience: Changes in appetite and intake Concerns with teeth,...

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August 25, 2021
Enriching the Communication Experience for People with Dementia

Here are some simple and effective strategies to support communicating with people who have dementia. It’s as easy as remembering the word FOCUSED. Face the person - maintain eye contact and say their name before talking. Orient to topic - use repetition, use names, remind the person of the topic Continue the topic - stay...

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July 20, 2021
Dysphagia - Seeing and Smelling

Have you ever been cooking at home and the delicious smell of the food makes your mouth water with anticipation? Have you ever been out at a restaurant, seen your delectable meal arrive and just the look of it makes your stomach grumble louder? This is our digestive system and more importantly our swallowing mechanism...

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June 23, 2021
Nutrition and Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of individuals and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. (WHO definition of palliative care). There...

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May 13, 2021
Bowel Health: Constipation

Good bowel health is important for people of all ages. Emptying your bowels regularly and with ease is an important part of good bowel health. Some people may experience bowel problems as they get older and it is common for constipation to affect two out of three residents in Aged Care homes. Constipation is usually...

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March 29, 2021
Challenges in Medication Administration

Swallowing medication is a significant issue for 15-30% of the healthy population, and this has become more problematic in recent years with the increased use of tablets and capsules as main form of medical treatment across a variety of medical conditions. It is even more of a problem for those individuals who experience dysphagia. As...

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