Getting IDDSI Ready – What do we need to do?

No doubt by now, you would have heard of IDDSI, the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). It’s an important change that is coming into effect from May 1st 2019 for Australians. It is a framework that aims to improve the safety of people with dysphagia by using standardised terminology for texture modified foods and thickened fluid, all over the world, for all ages and all care settings.
The current guidelines (Australian Standards for Texture Modified Foods and Fluids) for Dysphagia diets were developed in 2007. Read more »

Christmas Edition: Diabetes, Diet And Quality Of Life – A Little Sugar Is Okay

Food is important throughout the year, but it tends to be one of the main focuses at Christmas time. Everyone looks forward to the Christmas meals! This is the time to get excited about food and stimulate appetites. It’s another time to also think about whether the food restrictions we are placing on our residents, are appropriate or not.
As dietitians working in aged care, we find that many people are unaware of the appropriate foods for people with diabetes living in residential aged care facilities. Read more »

Demenetia and Mealtimes: Little Changes make a Big Difference

Nutrition Matters Newsletter November 2018
Each person experiences dementia differently and there is no one approach that works for everyone or even per occasion. Residents can experience a loss of connection with recognising food, with how to eat, declining swallowing abilities, taste changes, stress and unsettled behavior, impacting on their nutrition and quality of life.
We all recognise that there are constraints within homes, however there is always more that could be done to provide individualized and person-centred mealtimes for those with dementia. Read more »

Making Molds Work in Aged Care

Nutrition Matters Newsletter October 2018
With all the media attention and discussion in the aged care industry, we are all aware that improving the look of texture modified meals can go a long way. It can encourage residents to eat more, provide meal enjoyment and dignity and thereby providing benefit from the nutrition it provides. This is where the use of food molds can come in.
Aged care homes have the option of purchasing pre-molded texture modified meals or making it themselves. Read more »

From Quality of Care to Quality of Life: steps towards a person-centred approach to food and nutrition

Traditionally, aged care providers have focused on providing quality of care to their residents. The introduction of the Single Quality Framework Draft Aged Care Quality Standards highlights the need to move to a more consumer-directed approach. This means handing back control over everyday decisions to our residents.
How can we continue to modify our current practise to more strongly embrace our residents’ dignity and choices relating to what, where and when they would like to eat? Read more »

Battle of the Bland in Aged Care – Taste Changes in the Elderly and What You Can Do

There is some evidence to say that older people need 2 – 3 times more salt to even detect it in a tomato soup. Usually, the taste of saltiness and sweetness are first lost, followed by the taste of bitterness and sourness. Several other factors also lead to the decline in taste, such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, dentures and medications. In addition, the decline in saliva production and dehydration that causes dry mouth also affects the sense of taste. Read more »

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