The DMAT has been recommended in several published research articles as a useful person centred mealtime nutrition resource for carers. Below we highlight the research that has recommended The DMAT to date.
The Lantern Project: shining a light on food in aged care
Published in 2018 this article discusses ‘The Lantern Project’ which aims to improve mealtime and dining experiences for residents in aged care settings, particularly those with dementia. The Lantern Project is the brainchild of Cheri Hugo an Australian Dietitian and someone I was fortunate enough to meet and discuss The DMAT with her at Bond University. In this article published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care The DMAT is recommended as a resource for carers of people with dementia. The article also provides practical tips and other resources for many aspects of mealtime care for older people. More on the Lantern Project itself here www.thelanternproject.com.au
How to manage dysphagia
Another article from the Australian Journal of Dementia Care published in 2017. This article focuses on the very common issue of dysphagia in dementia. The DMAT is included as a screening and assessment tool for reduced oral abilities and oral meal behaviours which may be related to dysphagia. The article provides a really good summary of the complexities of managing dysphagia in dementia with excellent summary boxes throughout the article.
Dysphagia in Persons with Dementia: The Dual Diagnosis Challenge
A thoughtful and important article by Speech and Language Pathologist Michelle Tristani, discussing the dual diagnosis of dysphagia in people with dementia. Published in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) ‘Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups’ in 2016. One of the many challenges presented at mealtimes for those caring for people with dementia is a change in oral abilities and oral behaviours which may either be attributed to the dementia itself or the progression of dysphagia and swallowing difficulties. This article elegantly presents the evidence related to this and describes some assessment tools to help in supporting oral mealtime abilities. It was nice to see The DMAT included and importantly shows The DMAT’s potential to cover all the complex areas of care that can impact on oral abilities, oral behaviours and dysphagia risk.