Up to 68% of residents of aged care facilities have dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), which has many potentially life-threatening consequences. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), which is based on current best practice and latest research, provides a global standardized framework for terminology and definitions for modified diets and thickened fluids, as well as objective testing methods.
There are a number of differences between the current Australian standards and IDDSI, including new terminology, additional levels and categories, and changes to the definitions of some levels. A significant change is that bread and mixed consistency foods will no longer be appropriate for residents on IDDSI Level 6 soft and bite-sized diet, unless approved by the speech pathologist.
Food Solutions IDDSI education covers the following: