Hydration: Let’s Drink to That!

January 2018
Summer is the time to think about hydration
Being over summer, the festive season is a time of soaring temperatures so it’s important to offer plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can lead to many complications such as constipation, urinary tract infections, confusion and falls, to name a few. The good news is that with the support from your dietitian, staff, other health professionals and family members, dehydration can be easily preventable.
Try the following strategies to get more fluids into our residents:
Serve fluids throughout the day. Read more »

Together we can make Christmas food even more special this year

Shared food experiences at Christmas are part of many cultures, and bring so much joy and happiness for us all.  This is a time of year that both resonates memories and also brings enjoyment in the moment for residents in aged care.  What better time of year to provide appetizing and delicious foods for all of our residents!  Here are some of our team’s favourite Christmas food tips for making this Christmas extra special.
Christmas food is about more than nutrition
We all know that promoting food enjoyment and positive meal experience as so important in the aged care setting, Read more »

Dietitian Services – understanding your options

There is a bewildering array of allied health services available to aged care homes and dietitian services rank amongst them. The services can vary from weekly visits, to the once a year menu review, and everything in between. It’s also good to note that, The Accreditation board and wider legislation do not mandate a dietitians to support aged care homes, which we find questionable at the least!
We all know that nutrition and food is significant to many aspects of well being for residents both physically, Read more »

Artificial Nutrition in Aged Care

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 »

The Challenges of a Soft Diet

A Soft Diet (Texture A) is a specific texture-modified diet, often prescribed to residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) by speech pathologists. Unfortunately, many homes have difficulty distinguishing a ‘normal’ or ‘standard’ diet to a Texture A – Soft Diet, leading to many residents being offered food that may be unsafe to consume.
Possible consequences of dysphagia include; aspiration, choking, weight loss and reduced quality of life. In order to minimise these risks, appropriate texture of food and liquid thickness should be provided to make chewing and swallowing easier and safer. Read more »

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