Dietitian Services – understanding your options

There is a bewildering array of allied health services available to residential aged care homes and dietitian services rank amongst them.
The services vary from weekly visits, to the once a year menu review and food services support, and everything in between.
Accreditation and wider legislation does not mandate a qualified dietitian to support residential aged care homes. A fact that we as aged care expert dietitians find questionable at the least!
But we all know that nutrition and food is paramount to many facets of wellbeing for residents both physically, Read more »

Artificial Nutrition in Elderly Individuals

Artificial nutrition refers to the provision of nutrients by means other than an individual consuming food or fluid orally and is sometimes (but not always) indicated when individuals are unable to meet their nutritional requirements via oral intake.  This may occur for a variety of reasons including stroke, head and neck cancers and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.
There are several considerations which need to be made when contemplating whether artificial nutrition (sometimes called enteral nutrition) is appropriate for an individual, Read more »

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets in Aged Care – so much more than a plate full of vegetables!

There is a slow but steady rise in Australia with 1 in 10 Australians choosing to follow a vegetarian diet1. This is likely to follow-on within our aged care community. A typical vegetarian diet consists of plant-based foods and excludes the consumption of animal products such as meat, poultry and seafood. A vegan diet also excludes eggs and dairy. It is important to respect an individual’s religious, cultural, personal, health-related, environmental or ethical reasons to abstain from eating specific animal products. Read more »

Dementia Awareness Month 2017

Dementia Awareness Month is held from 1 September to 30 September nationwide. The theme for the month is You are not alone.
The aim of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. Read more »

Obesity and Weight Stigma in Aged Care

Whether we mean it or not, when we see an overweight person walking by, we automatically start making judgements on this person’s lifestyle, perhaps that they are ‘lazy’ or ‘lack self-control’. Do we think the same of residents in aged care facilities who are overweight? How does this impact on our care and health outcomes of these residents?
It’s no secret that rates of overweight and obesity are continuing to rise in Australia. Many individuals are likely to be overweight or obese as they approach older age, Read more »

Leading Nutrition 2017 Professional Development Day

The annual Leading Nutrition Professional Development Day was held in June 2017. As always, it was a great opportunity for all the national team to get together and keep up to date on a range of aged care nutrition topics.
All Leading Nutrition dietitians are Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs). They are committed to undertake ongoing training and continuing professional development programs to ensure that they remain an expert and credible source of nutrition information. When you work with an APD you can be confident that your nutrition advice and service are coming from a qualified nutrition professional. Read more »

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