Approximately 50% of individuals
in an aged care home are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. The reasons are numerous, with many
having medical problems affecting requirements, loss of appetite, dementia and perhaps even dislike of
the food. Residents who require a texture modified diet tend to be the most at risk of weight loss. They
are often more unwell than those who do not need modification of their diet, but also the food can be
unappetizing. We will discuss the presentation of the food in the next newsletter, but it is important
to make every mouthful count. All texture modified foods should be fortified with protein and energy additions.
Protein is the nutrient that is needed the most, so encourage the meat, fish, chicken, egg portion
of the meal in preference to 'eating all of the veges'. Add items such as milk, milk powder, egg, grated
cheese, legume powders to boost protein in the small amount of food that is eaten.
cream, oil, butter, margarine to add additional calories to the food. Use full fat dairy foods. If a resident
prefers the dessert and refuses a main course, offer 2 desserts instead!