Preparing a Pureed Diet Menu – Nutrition Matters June 2010

Preparing a Pureed Diet Menu…
Texture modified foods in aged care are used to ensure residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) can consume foods and fluids safely, without pain or fatigue. People with dysphagia are at risk of “aspiration” (solids or liquids accidentally entering the lungs), which can result in serious illness, including pnuemonia and even death. Texture modified meals include ‘soft’ meals, ‘minced and moist’ meals and ‘smooth pureed’ meals (also known as vitamised) and this article will focus on the preparation of the ‘pureed’ Read more »

Obesity and Weight Stigma in Aged Care

Are our personal opinions impacting on resident 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. Common thoughts are that they are ‘lazy’ or ‘lack self-control’ or ‘do not care’. Do we think the same of residents in aged care facilities who are overweight? And how does this impact on our care and health outcomes of these residents?
Rates of overweight and obesity are continuing to rise in Australia. Read more »

Calcium and Dairy in Aged Care

Calcium is important for strong bones and healthy teeth. The best sources of calcium are dairy foods; however there are other sources available for those who do not eat dairy products. Leading Nutrition dietitians are finding that many aged care menus are not including enough dairy for their residents
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older people consume three and and a half to four serves of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat each day. Read more »

Diet – the “Drug of choice” to prevent and treat constipation

Constipation is a common issue in aged care homes and is seen in many residents. Dietitians are particularly concerned about constipation in residents as it can lead to a feeling of discomfort and fullness, causing a reduced appetite and can be a contributor to malnutrition. Fortunately, there are many things that your home can do to help bring constipation rates down. This can help improve residents’ health and also lead to a reduced reliance on medications and laxatives. Read more »

Does Artificial Feeding (aka Enteral Nutrition) Have a Place in Aged Care?

What is enteral nutrition or artificial feeding?
Enteral nutrition support refers to the introduction of a nutritionally complete liquid formula directly into the stomach or small intestine. The tube is specifically designed and often very narrow to allow for this.
This is usually considered for individuals who have difficulty eating or when eating alone does not meet their nutritional requirements. Enteral nutrition has been shown to be safe in most circumstances, cost effective, and compatible with the body’s normal processes. Read more »

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