Good food in hospitals and other healthcare facilities is critical to patient or resident health. With this in mind, many facilities are using new food preparation tools and techniques to improve quality of life.
Nutritious meals are an important part of health and wellness. Portion management is key, as is using fresh ingredients when possible. Food's appearance and texture can greatly impact appetite. An appealing plate helps a patient crave fresh, nutrient-rich foods.
And that's just for standard patients. Health conditions often require tweaks to nutrition. There are the well-known dietary needs for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. On top of that, more and more people are being diagnosed with a wider variety of food allergies and intolerances. The first line of defense for anyone in the healthcare foodservice industry is to stay on top of current research.
Some medical conditions affect a person’s ability to eat and drink. From stroke survivors who have trouble swallowing to patients recovering from surgery, many people have needs that require specialized food preparation. This might mean texture-modified meals.
Although modifying textures makes swallowing easier, the end result could look unappetizing. When liquids are added in the blending process, fluids can leak out and mix with the other food products on the plate. Fortunately, modern food prep tools are designed to solve this problem.
Healthcare food prep solutions have come a long way to meet these advanced needs. Mixing technology is designed to improve the lives of hospital patients and residents of senior and assisted living facilities. These innovative processors can recreate a complete cooked or uncooked meal, minced or pureed.
Industry leader Robot Coupe created one such tool: the Blixer, a combo food processor and blender. Capable of processing cooked or raw products without adding liquids or (more importantly) losing nutrients, the Blixer can prepare the same food for everyone, with the option for texture modifications when needed. In fact, the Blixer is the only recognized food processor that can meet certain initiatives from the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI).
For more than 20 years, the Blixer has changed the way food is prepared and presented in the healthcare foodservice industry. Robot Coupe continues to improve patients' and residents' lives by offering flavorful, texture-modified meals.