For many individuals, mealtimes represent more than just a chance to eat. Shared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners provide an opportunity for family and friends to come together and savor the foods they love. However, swallowing disorders like dysphagia can impact a person’s ability to enjoy dining with others. Many patients must modify their diets by switching to soft or liquefied foods that allow for a safer and easier swallow, which can lead to feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression.
In a recent Seniors Lifestyle Magazine article titled “Creating Safe and Enjoyable Mealtimes for Patients with Dysphagia,” Cherie Larson, a regional sales manager for the Personal Nutrition Solutions division of Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., which produces the Thick-It® brand family of products, outlines several strategies that can help patients and caregivers safely enjoy meals together.
Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for those with dysphagia by providing a better dining experience, Larson has worked with the Thick-It® brand for more than 10 years.
“The Thick-It® team has always been focused on the patient, the loved one, the person with swallowing issues who has now had their meal and beverage experience changed,” Larson said. “We let them keep their dignity by giving them quality, flavorful, and safe products that enhance their meal experience while also allowing them to enjoy those social moments.”
For additional information, tools, and support for patients with dysphagia and their caregivers, visit our resources page.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about the use of Thick-It® products. The information contained herein is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner.