Dining With Dignity Guide

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Product Description

Dining with Dignity is a guide for providing a dining experience which provides dignity to individuals with ID/DD, while also providing a safe therapeutic environment with the proper dining/dietary supports. This guide gives practical information that will assist an agency/facility to understand the basic concepts. The guide is intended for multiple types of providers (ICF/IID, Waiver, Day Services, etc.) and cannot guarantee that a facility/agency will meet all the regulations specific to their provider type; however, it should help the staff working with individuals with intellectual disabilities be more knowledgeable about safe and respectful dietary needs.

People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) may have physical conditions which alter their ability to safely swallow and digest food. Some medications can also influence oral motor patterns and cause decreased oral secretions (saliva) needed for safe swallowing. It is an ongoing challenge supporting people with ID/DD to experience positive and enjoyable mealtimes through consistent and appropriate supports.

This guide will assist staff in understanding the definition of aspiration and how to prevent it; understand proper body alignment and body positioning that is critical for safe swallowing; understand texture and consistency of foods and liquids which are written into diet orders; and understand foods which pose problems or have potential for negative outcomes.

If you are a provider of services, this toolkit should be used in conjunction with regulations governing the type of service you provide as well as input from professionals to assist an agency in educating the staff and assisting individuals in having dining experiences that promote safety and dignity.

Ms. Julie McRae Thompson

Ms. Thompson has over 25 years working in the field of nursing supporting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She has a range of professional experience from direct clinical nursing care to management and administrative responsibilities. Her experience includes clinical consultation in a variety of settings with a focus on providing technical assistance. She was instrumental in assisting the state of Wyoming to integrate nursing best practices into the supports and services for people living in community settings. Ms. Thompson participated on a professional team with H&W independent Solutions in the state of Illinois to evaluate services provided to persons living at state operated centers. She also spent two years working on a project team in California assisting interdisciplinary teams and families with the development and implementation of transitions plans for people moving from state developmental centers into homes in the community. Ms. Thompson has extensive experience in providing educational opportunities on many health and safety topics. She has provided a nursing perspective in ID/DD with national presentations for Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association (DDNA) and American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD – formerly AAMR).