As we age many people require food of a modified texture for various reasons.
Diagnosed conditions such as Dysphagia present difficulty swallowing and sometimes include problems with sucking, drinking, chewing or food and drink ‘going down the wrong way’. Texture modified foods are precribed as a solution to effectively manage the challenges that people with Dysphagia face at meal times. In the past, texture modified foods frequently resembled pureed baby food. Hardly a dignified meal for an adult to enjoy.
We saw a need for vast improvement in this area to ensure all residents continue to enjoy a variety of foods, giving them the ability to retain their dignity and enjoy a normal dining experience. First up a name change, we began referring to texture modified foods as “Smooth Food”.
Our Catering Team were set up on a Smooth Food Mission, determined to find a better way to provide quality meals for all. They developed meal options without compromising the visual appeal or flavour and started to bring the joy of eating back again.
Using inspiration from chefs like Heston Blumenthal, each component of the dish is modified separately in order to differentiate between flavours, whilst still being served and presented as usual. This technique makes it less obvious that the meal has been modified as it looks more appetising for residents to enjoy. NoosaCare currently provides smooth food menus to over 25% of our residents.
Inspired by the possibilities to achieve better results, the bigger the challenge the more creative things get in our kitchen!