Moulding pureed food makes meals more appealing
Patients who can no longer chew or have trouble swallowing are at risk of malnutrition and may have little option but to survive on pureed foods, which can be unappetising.
However, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has dramatically improved the quality of meals for these patients by investing in catering equipment which transforms pureed food into moulded meals.
"The result is that the pureed food is reshaped and looks like a regular dinner on a plate," said a spokesman for the hospital.
It means that carrots are remoulded into the shape of a carrot - and a chop looks like a regular piece of meat on the plate when served to the patient, making it much more appetising.
Patients can tuck into a proper plate of food instead of unrecognisable meals. It enhances appetite and can lead to vital weight gain.