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    Menu for Safe Feeding and Mealtime Assistance Handbook
  Bridgepoint Health, Toronto, On.
  Reviewed by: Shirley A. Brown, M.A.,CCC-SLP

                         

ProductUnit Price
English translation video$27.00
Cantonese translation video$27.00
Bilingual Manual(if 1-5 manuals ordered)$6.00
Bilingual Manual(if more than 5 ordered)$5.00
Handbook and English translation video$30.00
Handbook and Cantonese translation video$30.00
Handbook and both translation of video$35.00
For more information, contact
  Bridgepoint Health
  14 St. Matthews Road
  Toronto, Ontario
  M4M 2B5
  Phone Number: (416) 461-8252

Video and Book ReviewMenu for Safe Feeding
  Several weeks ago, I purchased a copy of the videotape "Menu for Safe Feeding"   and a handbook, in 3 versions, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. I was delighted   with my purchase and want to share my thoughts about the videotape and the "Mealtime   Assistance Handbook" that accompanies it.

  In 19 minutes this video helps the family, friends and professional caregivers   understand the basics of safe feeding.

  The videotape I purchased was in three sections, all the same, except in different   languages, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. It is also offered individually   in each language. It brings into focus, that each patient must be treated with   dignity and respect and is afterall the most important part of the rehabilitative   process. It offers suggestions about feeding, positioning, nutritional needs,   food and liquid consistencies, special utensils, fatigue factors and distractions.   A relaxed and attractive atmosphere is depicted, while the patient is being   fed in bed or in a dining area. The music played in the background was particularly   conducive to relaxation during mealtimes. It encourages the social Mealtime Handbookand   pleasurable aspects of eating, while building awareness of the pitfalls that   may occur during a meal, if the person with dysphagia is not carefully observed   and helped, along the way by family and staff.
 
  The "Mealtime Assistance Handbook" has three sections, English, Cantonese and   Mandarin. It can be purchased separately, or in quantity. It has clearly illustrated   diagrams of the positioning process for different types of eating and feeding   difficulties. It discusses feeding issues and mealtime assistance strategies.   References are given in three languages.
 
  As a speech-language pathologist, I am most pleased to have this videotape and   handbook in my professional library of materials that I will share with my patients,   their families and my colleagues.
 
 

About   the Reviewer:
  Shirley A. Brown, M.A.,CCC-SLP is a Life Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing   Association. Ms. Brown has pursued her career, as a Speech-Language Pathologist   ,in a variety of medical settings; hospitals, rehabilitation treatment centers,   nursing homes and home health care.
 
  She has received numerous professional honors and awards, among them the American   Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement   in Human Communication Sciences, as well as, being one of the first recipients   to receive The American Cancer Society's Crimson Sword Award for Outstanding   Contributions in Both Professional and Patient Services. She was given a Distinguished   Service Award by the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is   listed in, "The National Distinguished Service Registry for Speech and Hearing",   "Who's Who in American Women" and "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare".
 
  Ms. Brown has worked closely with the GimbelM.S.ComprehensiveCareCenter.   She is a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Greater North Jersey   Chapter, National MS Society. For the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers,   she has served on the Editorial Board of the "International Journal of MS Care"   and has participated as a Speech-Language Pathology Project Leader for the CMSC's   Web Site. Currently, she is serving as the CMSC's Web Site Project Director   .

Multiple Sclerosis
DVDMultiple
Lucinda Broadbent and Alison Peebles
Fanlight Productions, 2006
29 minutes
Price: $229 VHS / $229 DVD
Order No. QA-461
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-461-2
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-863-4

Editorial Review
Dorothea(Dottie) Cassidy-Pfohl, RN, MSCN
In the rare free moments of a clinic day, I watched Fanlights Productions new release 'Multiple'. The time flew as I saw a familiar story unfold in a creative, dramatically touching way. The person with MS could be one of my patients - the lovely and talented actor and director or the young student, the athlete, the mother or father - anyone sharing the myriad adjustments to life with Multiple Sclerosis. Rarely is there a film with such wide appeal as an advocacy/ educational tool, stimulus for discussion and great story. As an MS nurse specialist I could validate the charade, the frustration, the loss, the worrisome progression.

I recall a physician who expressed her sense of release after telling her staff of her diagnosis – ‘I felt better but they felt worse ‘. Alas, if only all received the acceptance and accommodation afforded the star of "Multiple”. From familiar bone crunching fatigue to farewell to high heels, this film is as believable as it is artistic in it's representation of the symptoms of this bedeviling neurological disease. It conveys effectively the touchy issues of disclosure, discrimination and accommodation to life changes while reflecting acceptance and resignation, humor and spirit. I joined what I call the bobblehead voters among patients - those nodding heads that someone got it exactly right. Whether showing this for a self help group, working with family members, sensitizing the public to the unique needs of people with MS or educating colleagues, this hopeful little DVD has earned its place in my toolbox. As a health care professional caring for and about those with MS, I will use it and balance the disturbing realities of the disease with reassurance that this is indeed a hopeful time for people with MS.

About Alison Peebles
For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. MS is an unpredictable but progressive disease of the brain and nervous system which is affecting her speech, mobility, and eyesight. Having watched her father die of the disease, she has even hidden the diagnosis from her mother and sister. Now, in the midst of working on the Scottish detective series, Taggart (carried by PBS), Alison finds that she can no longer hide her symptoms, and she’s afraid that the revelation may destroy her career — will directors accept an actor with a limp, will the producer’s insurance company continue to cover her? She also finds herself coping with the gradual erosion of some of the things that have made up her identity: she'll have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.

Enlivened by Alison’s mordant wit and by imaginative animation sequences based on her own sketches, this is a compelling portrait of a brave woman facing her uncertain future with humor and determination. "I believe very strongly that I should be allowed to work and live in this world as a person with a disability,” she says. "I don’t want to be seen as someone with MS. I want to be seen as Alison Peebles, who acts, directs...and sometimes falls over.”

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