WELCOME TO IMPROVING NUTRITION NEWS

Your monthly access to all the latest updates, news and resources about food and nutrition for older people. Whether you are catering for individuals living an aged care home, supported or retirement living, our tips and information will enable you to confidently provide foods that meet Best Practice and Accreditation guidelines as well as meet the expectations of your residents.

RISK AND COMPLIANCE IN AGED CARE NUTRITION

Does your organisation understand its food and nutrition risks? Are you meeting the new Aged Care Quality Standards for Nutrition Care? What is the real cost of poor nutrition in your organisation?

NPA are offering a new 1/2 day workshop in 2020 (Adelaide | 3rd April | Pavillion on the Park):

RISK AND COMPLIANCE IN AGED CARE NUTRITION

Good food nutrition and good health is good for everyone.  NPA help aged care providers focus on the benefits to people who eat better and live happier and healthier every day.

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EATING WITH OUR EYES

The old adage 'We Eat With Our Eyes' holds true even in an aged care home. It's always important to present meals in an attractive way.

As we age, our appetite decreases but our need for some nutrients increase, so meal presentation is even more important.  The food needs to look enticing, smell delicious and taste great.

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ARE YOUR RESIDENTS MEETING THEIR PROTEIN NEEDS?

It is now well established that older people need up to 90gms protein per day to maintain their muscle mass, strength and prevent frailty.  We also know that the protein needs to be distributed throughout the day, with 30gms at each meal.

How can you be sure that your residents are being offered adequate protein?

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FOOD FIRST!

We often hear, 'Food is only nutrition if its eaten!'.  Never a truer word has been spoken. Nutritious quality food is essential to maintain the quality of life for older people who are either living in the community or in an aged care home.

Remember that food must be eaten for it to be nutritious!

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DIGNITY AND CHOICE

 When we talk about food in aged care homes, what is the definition of choice? Does it mean that there are at least 2 choices of meals at all main meals? What happens when someone requires a pureed diet, what happens to their choices then?

 

A cleverly designed menu with appropriate skilled staff can provide residents ample choices throughout the day.

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ALLERGIES & INTOLERANCES VS DISLIKES

If a resident has an allergy, intolerance or dislike, these details MUST be documented very clearly and not be ambiguous in any way. 

All those who provide foods to residents must be sure that allergies, intolerances and dislikes are well documented and communicated at every stage of the food service.

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SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Our Improving Nutrition Seminars and Workshops provide practical information for any organisation providing food and nutrition care for older Australians.

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ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Online e-learning Presentations

7 online e-learning modules to complement our Improving Nutrition Seminars.

Meal Plans for Older People

A benchtop guide to Nutrition Care and Therapeutic or Special Diets when catering for older people.

Fact Sheets and Resources

More detailed information about Nutrition Care for older people.

 

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