You may have observed residents in your facility losing weight when they lose their appetite.
When one of your residents is eating less than usual and losing weight, they are at risk of developing nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition
A resident may experience loss of appetite due to:
Loss of taste and smell as they age
Decreased saliva production leading to difficulty chewing and swallowing
Slower gastric emptying which means food remains in stomach for longer
Dental problems which may cause issues with chewing and swallowing
Side effects from medications 
How can you encourage a resident to eat if their appetite is low? Read more »
With pressure injuries part of the National Quality Indicators, it is all the more important to do everything in your power to help prevent and heal them.
Nutrition forms part of the wound healing puzzle. If a resident isn’t getting good nutrition, their wounds will not heal as quickly as they could be.
Even if a resident is eating all of their meals, this may not be enough to promote wound healing. This is because the body needs extra protein and energy from food and drink to heal wounds. Read more »
Nutrition Matters September 2020
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted the way that our aged care homes operate in Australia. Our dietitians have observed numerous homes step up to the plate and modify their dining rooms to provide safe dining experiences for their residents. Some homes are no longer using their dining rooms, while others are implementing strategies to allow for the social distancing.
Importance of the dining environment
The dining environment influences residents’ enjoyment of their food. Read more »