Dysphagia is a difficulty with swallowing food or liquids – a process of moving food, drinks or medication from the lips to the stomach. The purpose of dysphagia awareness training for nursing homes is to provide staff with the knowledge to correctly administer food and drink to clients.

Dysphagia can result in malnutrition, dehydration, difficulties taking medication, potentially life-threatening aspiration pneumonia and death. Sadly it is not unusual for there to be news reports of someone ‘choking to death’ as a result of eating the incorrect consistency of food.

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) is a global standardised framework which provides terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and thickened liquids.  The goal of its implementation in April 2018 was to ensure that regardless of where one is in the world, the descriptors will be the same. Therefore, if someone from UK who has thickened drinks and modified consistency food travels to another country and is admitted to hospital, medical staff will immediately know the correct consistency to give.

  • Impacts on up to 67% of those living in a care home.
  • If a care home supports people with dementia that figure rises to 85%.
  • Will result in 50% of people being malnourished
  • Will result in 75% of people being dehydrated.
  • Will result in 65 people dying each year in care homes as a result of being fed incorrect consistencies of food and/or drink.

Who should attend ‘Dysphagia and IDDSI Awareness Training for Nursing Homes’?

All staff in care and nursing homes working with residents including nurses, healthcare assistants, housekeepers and chefs.

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Understanding the normal swallow
  • What is dysphagia? Who is at risk? What are the risks and potential consequences?
  • What is aspiration? What can increase the risks and what are the warning signs?
  • Supporting residents with eating and drinking
  • Facilitating eating and drinking for residents with dementia
  • To know the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) levels of food and fluids.
  • Practical sessions: making and tasting thickened drinks; feeding.

Course details

Duration: Two and a quarter hours                                Cost: Prices on request

Location: On site                                                              Maximum delegates per session: 14

What is included in Vox Humana’s ‘Dysphagia and IDDSI Awareness Training for Nursing Homes’?

Attendance certificates and course notes.

Summary provided of feedback from delegates.

A range of resources prepared by Vox Humana to help care and nursing homes with the transition to IDDSI, and the signposting them to additional sources of information.


“I would like to personally recommend Celia for the Dysphagia awareness training she provides.

It is informative, fun and detailed.  Celia is an excellent person centred trainer, she knows her subject and is a first class educator in this most important subject.”  

Iain Slack, General Manager, Arbory Nursing Home Andover

Our organisation has used Celia Bacon as our preferred trainer for several years.  

Celia is knowledgeable, professional and approachable and very experienced in her field.  The course content is very well planned and presented and is a good mixture between theory and practice.

I would thoroughly recommend this training. “

– Jenny Martin, Matron/Manager, Millway House Nursing Home, Andover

What others have said after attending Vox Humana’s ‘Dysphagia and IDDSI Awareness Training’:

“I learnt a lot; very informative; interesting and now well-informed; This is undoubtedly one of the best training sessions I have ever been to.  Thank you.” 

Nurse, Sonning

“Very good, detailed information shared which is very helpful.”

– Team Lead, Basingstoke

Useful information as it was very confusing when the levels were introduced.”

– Nurse, Chipping Norton

“Training useful in that it gives me insight of changes to be implemented later. Reference to the charts/website useful as resource material.”

– Manager, Basingstoke

“So glad to have attended this training as I now know what is going to happen.”

– Carer, Andover

“Made the IDDSI system clear and how everyone will thicken fluids to the same level. Very helpful”

– Carer, Andover

“Celia’s courses are always very informative. She makes the facts very clear”

– Nurse, Basingstoke

“Explained IDDSI very well.”

– Nurse, Andover

“Very interesting and informative.  Thank you.”

– Chef, Andover

“Very well put together and very interesting.”

– Team Lead, Chipping Norton

“A confusing subject explained very well.”

– Nurse, Andover

“Practical sessions were interesting and opened up mind and opinion about feeding residents – thank you.”          

– Healthcare Assistant, Worthing

“I learnt a lot; very informative; interesting and now well-informed; This is undoubtedly one of the best training sessions I have ever been to.  Thank you.” 

Nurse, Sonning

“Great training. Celia knows how to keep the people attending interested; explained with case studies.  Fun and eye-opening activities.”

– Nurse, Virginia Water

“Excellent explanation about dysphagia and IDDSI.  Enjoyed the practical session.”

Chef, Whitchurch

Very engaging training and delivered in a fun but insightful way. Able to gain a lot of insight into some small changes we can make which will have a huge impact on our residents

– Nurse, Beaconsfield

“Thoroughly enjoyed.  This will undoubtedly will bring an increased awareness of the importance of ensuring that residents are fed with respect and dignity.  Very interactive session.  Thank you” 

Nurse, Bournemouth

“This has increased my confidence in feeding and giving drinks to residents.”

– Healthcare Assistant, Winchester

“Celia ensured that this was a fun and enjoyable course as well teaching us about dysphagia”

Housekeeper, Bournemouth

“Lots of energy in this session which was very nice to see.” 

– Nurse, Worthing

“Every member of staff should attend this training.”

– Nurse, Winchester

Interested in the Dysphagia and IDDSI Awareness Training for Nursing Homes?

Please get in contact via the Contact page.