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Creating a dignified dining experience for dementia residents Supporting older people living with dementia with good nutrition is especially important as they may have a small appetite due to medications or impaired taste, smell, hearing or vision. In addition, residents living with dementia may struggle with handling cutlery or lack the concentration to stay seated long enough to finish their meal.  With this in mind, we explore ways to boost nutrition and encourage independence and dignity through the dining experience. The…

We seem to be over the main hump of flu season this year, thank goodness. Despite being in the home stretch, now’s not the time to become complacent. A nasty cold has been bumping around of late, taunting those of us who got the flu vaccine. Luckily, there are plenty of foods that may improve immune-responses to help fight disease naturally and get us back on our feet. One of the tried and trusted favourites is Chicken soup! Every culture…

One of the big differences that has come out of the new IDDSI standards in Australia is the removal of sandwiches from the menu. The previous texture A allowed for sandwiches without crusts or seeds provided they had a soft filling and were approved on a case by case basis. IDDSI has deemed bread to be high risk for all levels, apart from 7 Regular. It begs the question, what has changed? IDDSI’s new conservative approach stems from the mechanical…

Since chocolate spread to Europe from Mesoamerica in the 15th century it has become a staple sweet and one of the most produced confectionaries in the world. Advances in culinary techniques have rendered modern chocolate unrecognisable compared to its original form (a bitter cocoa drink) that was served in the court of Montezuma but its core component remains the same. Made from the beans of the cacao tree, cocoa is the main ingredient in almost every variation of chocolate. We…

Many of the textures currently available in SoupedUp have evolved from facilities looking to provide the best quality of life to residents, resulting in a number of textures that have no IDDSI equivalent. Editor’s Note: As of 1 February 2019, IDDSI announced an additional Level 7 subcategory: ‘Regular Easy to Chew’. So, this is clearly still an evolving space! Food textures The Cut Up texture was originally introduced for residents who could have regular texture, but needed food to be cut up due…

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