Smoothe Foods, a Leading Pureed Food Distributor Advocates Change for the Dangerously Low Percentage of Transitional Care Recommendations Noted in Discharge Notes

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Smoothe Foods, a leading soft and pureed food distributor, supports increased awareness of the low percentage of hospital discharge notes that included Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) dietary, medication, postural and other professional recommendations

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Speech Language Pathologists are specialists in swallowing issues and their recommendations are crucial for a patient when they return home or to another facility.

ASHA (http://www.asha.org/) the leading organization for speech language pathology, at its recent conference discussed a Transitional Care study by author Amy Kind focused on the dangerously low percentage of recommendations made by SLP’s that were included in hospital discharge notes.

Presenters included Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Wm. S. MiddletonMemorial Veterans Hospital.

The study revealed the following:

  •     SLP notes: averaged 5.6 recommendations
  •     Hospital D/C notes: averaged 1.4 recommendations
  •     All Hospital Discharge notes omitted recommendations for:

o    47% Dietary
o    82% Postural
o    95% Medication
o    79% Care Provider
o    100% Environment
o    45 Overall

“With the aging population, it is more important than ever to create awareness and education about swallowing issues for professionals including physicians and hospital discharge planners. Speech Language Pathologists are specialists in swallowing issues and their recommendations are crucial for a patient when they return home or to another facility,” said Founder Karen Betz, in reference to the recent conference and discussions hosted by ASHA. "Omitting critical recommendations must end," says Betz.

Smoothe Foods plays an important role in the speech pathology industry, primarily because the distributor caters to clientele with dysphagia, the elderly, and those with other conditions and nutritional needs. Dysphagia is typically diagnosed and treated by SLP’s.

Smoothe Foods (Link: http://www.smoothefoods.com/), a leading soft and pureed food distributor, recently attended the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) on line conference as an invited sponsor, which hosted more than 600 present attendees.

In particular, Betz of Smoothe Foods poses as an authority within the dysphagia industry, because Smoothe Foods caters to those who have swallowing conditions with its line of pureed and soft foods that are easy to swallow, as well as that are nutritional. Menu items (http://www.smoothefoods.com/menu.html) include the favorite potato mushroom soup, spinach lasagna, traditional Italian classic -- pasta with tomatoes and basil, and more. All hungry-goers have to do is heat and eat them; and then, rest easy knowing that their meals are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and are not bulked up with fillers like many other leading brands.

Further, meals such as these make it easy for people with eating restrictions like dysphagia or the elderly to eat with confidence and join group settings, such as birthdays, anniversary dinners, work events, and more. Smoothe Foods are available as soft, pureed, making them easy to swallow, while offering the same gourmet taste as most traditional restaurant-quality meals.

For more information about dysphagia, and pureed foods, and Smoothe Foods, visit http://www.smoothefoods.com.

About Smoothe Foods
Smoothe Foods is a line of soft and pureed menu items that are all natural, nutritious, and great tasting. The company ships nationwide, directly to the home as well as institutions. Smoothe Foods focuses on providing gourmet meals that are preservative-free and filler-free to help those with special dietary needs maintain daily dietary allowances.

For more information, visit http://www.smoothefoods.com, or call (631) 424-4005 or email info(at)smoothefoods(dot)com.

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