Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that affects an estimated 15 million adults in the United States. With the support of Shamrock Foods Menu Wizard+, healthcare and senior living facilities have the opportunity to easily accommodate these patients on texture-modified diets while following the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) that was introduced worldwide in 2015.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) recently announced that the International Dysphagia Diets Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) will be the only recognized texture-modified diets in the updated nutrition care manual to be published in October 2021. According to an announcement from AND, “It’s imperative that all healthcare providers globally implement IDDSI, both to ensure patient safety and to maintain current standards of practice.”
As healthcare and senior living facilities transition to IDDSI standards, collaborating with the Menu Wizard+ team can streamline the process thanks to the following offerings:
- Recipes coded with corresponding IDDSI levels
- Recipes outlining how food should be prepared and include IDDSI testing methods
- Diet spreadsheets detailing what to serve IDDSI levels
- IDDSI reference sheets and testing method cards
- Personal in-service to provide overview of IDDSI
- Videos demonstrating proper testing methods
Shamrock Foods also offers a variety of products to easily meet IDDSI standards such as ready-to-drink pre-thickened beverages with labeled IDDSI codes, puréed bread mix, and pre-shaped puréed items. But particularly helpful are the tested and approved Menu Wizard+ recipes! With simple instructions and IDDSI testing methods included, the food service staff will feel confident in preparing the meals for the various IDDSI levels.
Shamrock Foods Sales Representatives are here to help you connect with our Menu Wizard+ team and our in-house Registered Dietitians. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to a webinar on the new standards. Reach out today to provide your community with delicious and nutritious meals that meet IDDSI standards.
www.swallowingdisordersfoundation.org, ASHA, 2008; Bhattacharyya, 2014
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