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 »
COVID-19 shouldn’t keep clients from maintaining their nutritional health. After all, nutrition is a key pillar of general health and wellbeing. But how can you achieve this when there are visitor restrictions?
Enter Dietitian Link, our telehealth service. This allows your clients to continue receiving care from a dietitian, whenever they need. We also remove travel costs, which is an added bonus.
Telehealth consults have been part of our usual service for many years. Our experience is that older clients receive care that is on par with an in-person consult. Read more »
Nutrition Matters July 2020
A positive test for coronavirus. News reaches the kitchen. The foodservice team knows that things need to change to prevent the spread of infection. But how will they do this?
This can happen to any home in our current times. In the current climate, it is good to be prepared with a plan on how to modify food service during a COVID-19 lockdown.
Lifeview Willow Wood in Victoria shares with us how their foodservice team managed this. Read more »
Nutrition Matters June 2020
Often when a client has a larger body, it can be harder to notice that they have lost weight. As dietitians, we have seen weight loss go unflagged in clients with larger bodies, simply because the facility assumes this “is a good thing for them”.
The evidence suggests otherwise. When any client aged 65 and older experiences weight loss, this should be investigated and monitored thoroughly. Clients in bigger bodies are at risk of malnutrition, Read more »