Menu for Safe Feeding and
Mealtime Assistance Handbook
Bridgepoint Health, Toronto, On.
Reviewed by: Shirley A.
Manual(if 1-5 manuals ordered)||$6.00|
Manual(if more than 5 ordered)||$5.00|
and English translation video||$30.00|
and Cantonese translation video||$30.00|
and both translation of video||$35.00
For more information, contact
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Phone Number: (416) 461-8252
Video and Book Review
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
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 and 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
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: Multiple
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 .
Lucinda Broadbent and Alison Peebles
Fanlight Productions, 2006
Price: $229 VHS / $229 DVD
Order No. QA-461
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-863-4
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.
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.
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.
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.”