The nurses at VieCuri in Venlo are tired of constantly serving custard or pudding to patients who have problems chewing and swallowing. After weeks of research, cooking and tasting, the pudding is now being served to patients.
“Not only is this tastier than custard, it’s also healthier,” says Evelyn Peters, MD, a neurologist.
Chewing and swallowing problems
Hospital Venlo gives patients with chewing and swallowing problems the choice between plain custard and pudding every day. “You have to think about people with dementia or who are recovering from a stroke, for example,” says speech therapist Laura Jacobs, who took part in the project on the basis of her experience. It also prevents people from choking. This can often happen with regular bread.
Diabetics are particularly concerned. “Pudets and custards naturally contain a lot of sugar, which is a particular problem for people with diabetes. We’ve noticed that we often have to inject insulin. It doesn’t feel right, you want to give patients healthy food,” says Peters.
According to Peters, patients are satisfied with the additional options on the menu. “Imagine having to eat custard all the time.” Then everyone is happy to get something different for once. “And if the patient is satisfied, we are satisfied,” says Peters. And according to Peters, it certainly doesn’t stop at the pudding. “We are now looking at how we can also introduce seasonal products in this way.” Think of the holidays, for example, where we can serve people a festive meal.
According to Peters, it certainly doesn’t stop at the candy bar. “We are now looking at how we can also introduce seasonal products in this way.” Think of the holidays, for example, where we can serve people a festive meal.
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