Thursday, November 15, 2007

National Family Caregivers Month "tools of the trade" - cooking

Chewing and swallowing challenges are not unique to Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis related symptoms of Dysphagia. Multitudes of diseases, disorders, and injuries can turn any meal or snack into ‘at risk’. 


The caregiver has to walk the line between the quality of life in creating a family meal and protecting life by serving and monitoring a safe meal. NO easy task.


Patti’s closest brush with the fatal edges of Multiple Sclerosis involved a near fatal choking accident while visiting with her parents almost 9 years ago.


This news story by WHP TV 21 tells it best, as I wasn’t there.


Since every caregiving situation is unique I thought I would turn this entry over to recommendations from readers. (By the way I am always honored anytime a reader forwards me something to include in this journal. Thank You!)


The Dysphagia Cookbook: Great Tasting and Nutritious Recipes for People With Swallowing Difficulties by Elayne Achilles “… a specialty cookbook filled with nutritious, great-tasting recipes for those whose eating options are limited by chewing and swallowing difficulties. …”


The I-Can't-Chew Cookbook: Delicious Soft Diet Recipes for People with Chewing, Swallowing, and Dry Mouth Disorders by J. Randy Wilson "…meets a real need…excellent cookbook…the nutrition chapters are a reference work themselves…I would recommend this to those with swallowing difficulties." Multiple Sclerosis Society UK. 


or …

30 Million FORGOTTEN American Diners NEED HELP From the Food Network challenges the Food Network & their talented TV Chefs/Hosts … ”Please encourage these TV Chefs and their production companies to dedicate some shows and recipes for those who usually have to put up with a very mundane diet….” Jason Seidler


Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer


  1. Again, many thanks for the information.  I've noticed my brother starting to have difficulties, this will help educate me.  CATHY

  2.  I am saving the links and going to give them to my patients family's when they have problems.  Thanks for sharing.


  3. ((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))Have a nice weekend.

  4. ..thanks for sharing this wonderful source!

  5. Sorry to hear about Patti's experiences with swallowing difficulties.  Cooking for people with dysphagia, and trying to make the food appealing so they enjoy it, is a challenge when you are afraid they might have a choking episode.   Glad you shared this so people will be aware.  Kristi


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