Richard Woodward, general manager for apetito’s care home division, dives into new research on how care homes cater for residents with dysphagia and looks at how apetito’s texture modified range can help ensure residents get the nutrients they need, while taking pressure off staff
We all know that nutrition plays a pivotal role in the overall health and wellbeing of residents in care homes. Maintaining a balanced diet and getting the right nutrients can be particularly challenging, especially for residents with swallowing difficulties – a condition known as dysphagia that is often associated with strokes, head and neck cancers, and dementia.
We have partnered with Care England on research to shed light on how care homes find catering for residents with special dietary needs, including dysphagia. We looked into the challenges and the strategies employed to address them
Our research has shown that 89 per cent of care homes have residents living with dysphagia. In most cases, this can be managed through dietary changes to both fluid and food consistencies, but this does not come without its challenges for care home staff.
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