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 »
Even though much has changed in the last few weeks with the current COVID-19 situation, our clients’ need for good food and nutrition remains the same, if not more vital.
More than ever, your menu needs to meet your clients’ needs during this trying time of COVID-19.
This is because clients are:
• Less able to accept visitors and the favourite foods they often bring
• Less able to eat out with community groups and outings
• Unable to eat in the dining room with others
• Less able to have an active social life, Read more »
Nutrition Matters April 2020
While we are all working on the best ways to protect our clients, their families and our staff during COVID-19, we also need to continue good quality care for our clients.
As all aged care providers are aware, the next set of National Quality Indicator Program (NQIP) reporting is due for the Jan-March quarter very soon.
It is a timely reminder that weight loss is a real risk for clients during this time of uncertainty. Read more »
Nutrition Matters February 2020
It is now nine months since the suggested changeover date from the previous guidelines for texture modification and thickened fluids to IDDSI.
Many facilities have now moved to using the new IDDSI terminology, However, there are challenges for aged care foodservice in providing meals that are suitable while still maintaining consumer satisfaction and person-centered care.
Ensuring that documentation is accurate in reflecting the correct requirements for each person, while taking into account customer choice can be difficult for foodservice. Read more »
Nutrition Matters January 2020
Protein does a lot more than just fuel muscles, it is essential for many other aspects of our health. We use it for building and maintaining muscle mass, for producing hormones and even as a source of energy. If we don’t have enough protein, our organs are not going to work properly. Unfortunately, our bodies cannot easily store protein, which is why we need to get it from our diet every day. Read more »