IDDSI Tag

May is here, marking the official adoption of IDDSI in Australia. Here’s a quick recap of IDDSI and why it’s so important. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework was developed over several years to be a global reference for the treatment of dysphagia. The standards clearly define fluid and thickness levels and detail the purpose of each level, together with more accurate methods to test the thickness of prepared foods. The clarity and depth of the framework could help…

Joel Andrade is a food technologist. He did his masters degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Queensland and holds a bachelors degree in Biotechnology. With a deep understanding of the technical aspects of food, Joel develops new products and technologies at Nutritious Cuisine, a dynamic food manufacturer that produces clean label food service solutions for the hospitality and aged care sector. Joel’s latest project has been to develop safe, nutritious and appealing texture modified foods that abide…

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…

Today is world cancer day to bring greater attention, funding and treatment for those suffering from all forms of the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally after heart disease and many instances of cancer are preventable. Though cancer is a concern for people of all ages the risk of developing the disease increases significantly as we age. Contributing factors and carcinogens have had longer to accumulate within the body of elderly people and the ability for…

2019 has arrived and with it comes the approaching deadline for the conversion to IDDSI (the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative). IDDSI is an eight level consistency framework for both fluids and solid foods for the treatment of dysphagia, which will replace the current standards in Australia in May this year and April in the UK. As the aged care sector gears up for the coming change it’s worth reflecting on the condition of dysphagia itself and why the world…

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