Our teams have recently been enjoying some exciting training from Dining with Dignity’s Gary Brailsford. Gary has been working with our fantastic kitchen teams to share his knowledge of texture modification of food.
Gary started his career as a Chef in the Royal Navy and served for 7 years, before moving on to work as a Head Chef working at Royal Sun Alliance in Bristol. He then moved to St Monica Trust as a Head Chef, which is a charitable Trust providing care for retired and the elderly offering a wide range of care and support. St Monica Trust is a long-standing charity based in the Bristol area.
Texture modification might be something which you would expect to be quite niche. However, because you can vary the texture of food significantly, it is used in our homes quite often.
For example, sometimes residents are prescribed a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) diet which helps reduce problems with choking and swallowing. Similarly, people living with Dementia can often dislike lumps in hot food so this is a really important part of our kitchen team’s work within the home. There’s some more really interesting information on this subject on the IDDSI website here.
A full gallery from the training is below and if you’d like to find out more about our homes, you can find your local care home here.