Warm Welcome by the "Angels" at Visiting Angels of Auburn, New Hampshire

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Warm Welcome by the "Angels" at Visiting Angels of Auburn, New Hampshire

An In-Service and Taste Testing of Gourmet Pureed meals was held this month at the Visiting Angels, Living Assistance Services in Auburn, NH this month.

From their monthly newsletter:

"Delicious Prepared Pureed Fresh Meals"
"We had a special taste testing at Visiting Angels and we were all amazed by how delicious these meals really are!  What a great solution for those who have any of the challenges of dysphagia but who love great tasting meals!"

 

Thank You Ami, Debra and your amazing staff of "Angels" for your warm welcome and kind comments!

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In-Service and Tasting - Center For Communication

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In-Service and Tasting - Center For Communication

Monday, August 3, 2015

Conducted an In-Service and Tasting of Gourmet Pureed for the Executive Director, Fran Bodkin of the Center For Communication in Springvale, Maine and her staff of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs).  They were very excited to have a nutritious, tasty, and convenient option to offer to their patients with Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).

Their Speech-Language Pathology Services are used by Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, NH, Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH, the Greenwood Center in Sanford, ME and various other medical specialties throughout southern Maine. 

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Easy Pureed Meals by Laura Michael, NFOSD

Easy Pureed Meals

Published 06.25.201506.25.2015 by nfosdadminnfosdadmin

 

[Editor’s Note: Gourmet Pureed is a supporting partner of the NFOSD.]

 

If you’ve been told that you have to change the way you eat and now eat only a puréed diet, where do you go for convenient, healthful prepared meals?

If you are like most Americans you purchase the majority of your food in a grocery store but if you are home-bound or recovering from a medical crisis, where do you turn?

Fortunately, there are online suppliers like Gourmet Puréed.

Gourmet Puréed delivers fresh-cooked, nutritious, ready-made refrigerated puréed meals right to your door. Each meal has a main dish, vegetable and fruit or snack.

 

Sample of menu choices consists of comfort foods like:

 

  • Pureed Fresh, Buttery Scrambled Eggs, Brown Sugar Seasoned Pork Loin Bacon, Pureed Bread and Aromatic Cinnamon Apples

     

  • Seasoned Pureed Roast Eye of Round Beef with Savory Beef Gravy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Tasty Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots and Vanilla Pudding

     

  • Tasty Seasoned Pureed Roast Pork Loin with Savory BBQ Sauce, Blend of Cheddar Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Buttery Green Beans, Applesauce and Vanilla Pudding

     

  • Succulent Pureed Roasted White Chicken Breast, with Savory Chicken Gravy, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Buttery Green Beans, Carrots and Chocolate Pudding

  • Pureed Durum Semolina Pasta with Flavorful Marinara Sauce of Diced Tomatoes, and Just the Right Blend of Italian Seasonings, Broccoli, Blueberry Applesauce and Chocolate Pudding

     

  • Order online (or by phone) and Gourmet Puréed ships by FedEx® directly to your home. Meals have a 14 day refrigerator shelf life and are easily reheated in the microwave in under 2 minutes.

 

At between 600 and 700 calories per meal, they are ideal for helping to rebuild your strength. Portions are generous and may leave enough for a snack, or leftovers. With four breakfast menus and eight lunch/dinner choices, you can enjoy a variety of different foods. If you like home-cooking, Gourmet Puréed meals will appeal to you.

Each complete puréed meal is $7.49 plus shipping. Shipping is $14.95 for up to 21 meals.

 

Wonder if they are good? Here is just one of many recommendations:

 

Gourmet Puréed provides my patients with a nutritionally sound meal that is both appetizing and flavorful. Patients are able to enjoy meals with entrees they find appealing instead of the often “single-ingredient” puree options traditionally offered. The meals taste great and the texture is ideal. Meats have often been an issue both in the preparation and appeal. Gourmet Puréed meat selections have both wonderful flavor as well as texture.

The convenience is one of the greatest appeals of Gourmet Puréed. Having fresh meals that do not require preparation (only heating), allows my patients to enjoy meals without time consuming and tedious preparation. Gourmet Puréed has allowed my patients to enjoy mealtime again, despite their swallowing difficulty. As a clinician, it gives me peace of mind knowing my patients are complying with their puree diet recommendation.

 

Katrina M. Jensen M.A., CCC-SLP

Director, Medical Speech Pathology

Aerodigestive Disorders

Laryngeal/Alaryngeal Rehabilitation

Fort Worth, TX

 

To order, visit Gourmet Puréed at: www.gourmetpureed.com or call 866-971-6667

Don’t forget to use the Promo Code: Pureed to receive a free meal with every order!

 

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Pureed Foods in the Management of Patients with Dysphagia

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a disorder that can affect people 

with a variety of underlying diagnoses/conditions and can occur at any 

age. Dysphagia can be a temporary or permanent disorder, depending 

on the nature of the problem and should always be properly evaluated 

and diagnosed by a skilled speech-language pathologist who is 

knowledgeable in the field of swallowing and swallowing disorders.

 

When a swallowing disorder occurs, eating and drinking safely and 

efficiently is a primary concern. When food items are not swallowed 

properly, there is a risk for the ingested material falling into the trachea 

(“windpipe”) as well as the lungs, which can lead to serious problems 

including choking, infection and even death. Puree foods can be very 

helpful in managing dysphagia by allowing some patients to continue to 

eat safely by mouth, even when swallowing function may not be 

effective enough for more regular texture foods.

 

Puree foods offer several benefits in the management of dysphagia. 

They can be helpful for patients who have difficulty chewing and/or 

manipulating food in their mouth. Puree foods can be swallowed 

without requiring any chewing. Puree foods also are “cohesive” and 

hold together well, making it easier for the patient to move the puree 

food from the mouth to the throat. 

 

If a patient has a weak swallow, food material may not always be 

effectively cleared through the throat during a single swallow as what 

normally should happen. Puree foods do not require as much “work” to 

be swallowed. Whereas more regular texture foods may require more 

force to swallow, puree foods may be easier to clear through the throat. 

Additionally, in patients who must swallow several times to clear food 

material through the throat, puree foods also do not have “pieces” or 

“bits” that can fall into the airway between swallows.

 

Although puree foods may be an excellent option for some patients with 

dysphagia, any suspected swallowing difficulty should always be 

properly evaluated to ensure the safest method of nutritional intake.

 

 

As a Speech Pathologist working with primarily with head and neck 

cancer patients, I have a very large number of patients struggling with 

swallowing disorders following their treatment. In many cases, surgery, 

radiation or a combination of these treatments can have a devastating 

effect on structures critical to swallowing function. Puree diets have 

allowed many patients to continue eating by mouth when they 

otherwise would have significant difficulty eating regular texture foods 

safely and effectively.

 

Despite this, puree foods can be difficult to prepare, often are not 

appetizing in appearance and can be very time consuming. Additionally, 

debilitated patients may have a great deal of difficulty preparing regular 

meals for themselves. For these reasons, patients limited to puree diets 

often choose to not eat as much by mouth or as frequently as they could. 

Others do not adhere to the puree diet, placing themselves at risk for 

choking and other serious complications. 

 

Working in this field for nearly 20 years, I have sampled many puree 

products designed to allow for improved convenience (and compliance) 

for patients adhering to a puree diet. These items would be canned, 

powdered, jarred and altogether lacking the nutritional benefits of fresh 

foods. Consistent texture, especially with meat products, has also been a 

long-standing issue for patients on a puree diet. 

 

Gourmet Puréed provides my patients with a nutritionally sound 

meal that is both appetizing and flavorful. Patients are able to enjoy 

meals with entrees they find appealing instead of the often “single-

ingredient” puree options traditionally offered. The meals taste great 

and the texture is ideal. Meats have often been an issue both in the 

preparation and appeal. Gourmet Puréed meat selections have both 

wonderful flavor as well as texture.

 

The convenience of Gourmet Puréed is one of the greatest appeals. 

Having fresh meals that do not require preparation (only heating), 

allows my patients to enjoy meals without time consuming and tedious 

preparation. Gourmet Puréed has allowed my patients to enjoy 

mealtime again, despite their swallowing difficulty. As a clinician, it 

gives me peace of mind knowing my patients are complying with their 

puree diet recommendation. 

 

Katrina M. Jensen M.A., CCC-SLP

Director, Medical Speech Pathology

Aerodigestive Disorders

Laryngeal/Alaryngeal Rehabilitation

Fort Worth, TX

 

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Nourishing Independence with Mom’s Meals

Posted: August 13, 2014 | Author: Laura Michael | Filed under: Care-giving, Caregiving, major life events, new products, Nutrition, Online support, pre-made meals, pre-made purees, Purees, Real Food, Reviews, Uncategorized | Tags: advice, assistance, care-giving, Dysphagia, eating, Eating with Dysphagia, food, nutrition, Pureed Foods, Purees, Stroke, support | Leave a comment 

Recently, I worked with a client who had just returned home after six weeks in hospital and rehab. “Irene” had been a vital, active 78 year-old woman before her stroke. More than anything, Irene and her husband “Bob” want to get their lives back to normal.

Since Irene has arrived home, Bob has been working overtime managing all of the activities that come with recovery from stroke including: scheduling doctor’s appointments then going to the appointments, ordering and receiving a hospital bed and wheel chair, juggling therapy visits, picking-up prescriptions, making the house wheel chair friendly and opening all the mail that accumulates while you are occupied away from home, just to name a few.

Bob asked me to help him learn how to cook for and feed Irene. Before the stroke, cooking was Irene’s job in the family but Bob will do anything it takes to care for his wife, including learning how to cook at 78 years-old! Being a bit overwhelmed, Bob has no time to cook for himself, let alone cook and then puree meals for Irene. I’m glad that there are foods like Mom’s Meals – Purees to recommend to him.

Mom’s Meals is an online supplier fresh-cooked, ready-made refrigerated pureed meals. Each meal has a main dish, vegetable and dessert. Their menu consists of comfort foods like:

  • Scrambled Eggs with Brown Sugar Pork Loin Bacon, Bread and Applesauce
  • Roast Beef with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Vanilla Pudding and Applesauce
  • Pork with BBQ Sauce, Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fruit and Chocolate Pudding
  • Roasted White-meat Chicken with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Carrots, Fruit and Vanilla Pudding
  • Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Broccoli, Blueberry Applesauce and Pudding

You order online (or by phone) and Mom’s Meals ships directly to your home. The meals have a 14 day shelf life and are easily reheated in the microwave.

I sampled four meals and I found them delicious and hearty. At between 600 and 700 calories per meal, they are ideal for helping to rebuild your strength. With four breakfast menus and eight lunch/dinner choices, you have some ability to eat a variety of foods. If you like home-cooking, Mom’s Meals purees will appeal to you, as they did to Irene and Bob.

Each full puree meal is $7.49 plus shipping. Shipping is $14.95 regardless of the size of your order.

And if you are too busy to cook, like Bob, check-out their regular meals, as well!

If you need advice, please contact me: laura@dysphagiasupplies.com or 480-266-5622.