Food and Drink including Dysphagia

A basic knowledge of how to support good nutrition and hydration is required.

Community staff

Devon County Council Social Care Reablement Team Leaders: Use the workbook – Nutrition and Caring for older people in the community. Please order from hrtahelp@devon.gov.uk

Workbook for Social Care Reablement, Domiciliary Care, Dementia Support Workers & Community Enabling Support Workers:

Learning Disability

All Devon County Council Services have been issued with a copy of Caroline Walker Trust publication, ‘Eating well: supporting adults with learning disabilities – Training Materials’ use the links on the right to access guidance to use the Caroline Walker resource and quiz questions ( with answers) to support learning.

Making reasonable adjustments to dysphagia services for people with learning disabilities.

This report brings together some of the reasonable adjustments that are being made to make the management of dysphagia in people with learning disabilities. It includes a summary of the research evidence and guidance as well as links to resources and examples from practice.

Older People’s Services (day and residential)

Download the Nutritional Care and Older People –  introductory workbook based on Caroline Walker Trust guidance on what makes a balanced diet for older people (includes quiz with answers).

And/or order Food and Drink workbook from hrtahelp@devon.gov.uk. Contains basic information on nutrition and hydration in older people with reflective practice to support application to your service.

All staff working with people at risk of dysphagia, aspiration or choking:

The ‘toolkit’: Supporting people to safely eat and drink: management of  dysphagia, aspiration and choking and supporting documents are available from Countywide Best Practice folder/Eating and Drinking Safely.