Amanda Woodvine, Chief Executive of Vegetarian for Life said: “We are proud to support Swallowing Awareness Day. Around seven in ten people in care homes will experience difficulty swallowing at some point.
“Two of the main effects of swallowing difficulties, or dysphagia as it’s officially called, are dehydration and malnutrition.
“Thickeners to go in drinks as well as texture modified diets can help with the body’s ability to swallow, so it’s important to have options for vegan and vegetarian residents.
“Peanut butter, soya milk, soya yogurts and gram flour (chickpea flour) added to drinks and meals are perfect to pack in extra calories and protein for an older person who is malnourished.
“We have worked closely with Gary Brailsford, chef and founder of Dining with Dignity, who specialises in dysphagic food to offer you some tips when preparing a texture modified diet for an older vegan or vegetarian.
“This is just one video we have created as part of a week-long campaign that we will be running to raise awareness around dysphagia.”
The campaign will run from 1–7 April and offer tips and advice from professionals about caring for someone with dysphagia. Visit vegetarianforlife.org.uk for more information.