A GUIDE TO LIVING WITH DYSPHAGIA
From diagnosis to understanding which
foods are safe to eat, we have created a
guide to share tips and advice on living
Being Diagnosed with Dysphagia
Once you are diagnosed with dysphagia, your Speech and Language Therapist may recommend that you amend your diet. This will involve modifying the textures of the food you consume, making it easier and safer for you to swallow.
Foods to avoid with Dysphagia
Once you have been diagnosed with dysphagia, it’s important to avoid foods that are a high risk for anyone living with swallowing difficulties. The foods you or a loved one consumes should be prepared and made in line with the IDDSI guidelines, recommended by your Speech and Language therapist. Following these guidelines will make food safer for consumption.
Swallowing Safety Tips
There are a few measures you take to help ease your journey of eating with dysphagia.
- Ensure the food you are consuming is of the right texture, recommended by your Speech therapist
- Take small spoonfuls
- Take regular sips of drink during your meal, please note your Speech and Language Therapist may also recommend that you modify the texture of fluids too and you should always follow their guidance.
- Take your time and don’t rush when eating
- Use ready meals that are pre-prepared at a texture that is right for you
Managing Dysphagia at Home – Cooking Tips
If you are cooking textured modified meals at home for any level, you should be aware that not all foods are easy to blend. Here are a few tips to help:
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Wiltshire Farm Foods are providing general information and are not recommending any direct healthcare practice. The information in this article should not take priority over the advice of any registered Healthcare Professional, and their advice should always be followed regarding any changes in diet, health issues or procedures.