are often used for people with dysphagia
, a disorder of swallowing function. The thicker consistency makes it less likely that an individual with dysphagia will aspirate
while they are drinking.
There are several levels of consistency.
- Thin liquids: Unthickened, such as water or juice.
- Nectar thickened: Approximately as thick as a milkshake. Should pour in a continuous stream without "breaking" into drops.
- Honey thickened: Sticks to the sides of a cup like honey. Pours very slowly.
- Pudding thickened: Will hold its shape when scooped with a spoon.