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Be quick!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 July 2020
Be quick!

With the limitations of COVID19, we are now delivering our highly regarded 2-day Improving Nutrition Seminars over 10 live web events! 

 

Yesterday, we presented the first Module (of 10) and will be continuing to present the next 9 each fortnight.

 

While we have found the IT a little daunting, COVID 19 has made us move out of our comfort zone and we are loving the challenge.

 

The result - more accessible and more affordable evidence-based nutrition information for all staff working in the aged care sector. The final result - a better quality of life for our residents.

 

Our current program is completely sold out and we have just set the next one to commence on Thursday 30 July.

 

Message your email address to me and we can send you the link when it's live....but be quick as we will have limited places!

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Protein COVID19 Aged Care Seminar Malnutrition Food Service  

Has you menu been audited against the Aged Care Quality Standards?

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 29 June 2020
Has you menu been audited against the Aged Care Quality Standards?

Standard 4 of the Aged Care Quality Standards includes the food offered, by way of the menu.  

The menu should be viewed as a vehicle for providing the residents with the opportunity to meet their nutrition needs.  If it is full of energy dense, low nutrient, commercially prepared foods, we know the resident's nutritional intake will be poor.  We also need to balance this with the resident food preferences which can be an interesting challenge and one which NPA APDs have a great deal of experience.


When was the last time your home had the menu audited?  Has it been placed on hold over recent months?  Has your food supply, or food service team changed?  Do you know that your residents receive the correct meal?  Is the documentation consistent?


NPA conduct menu audits against the Aged Care Quality Standards, providing a valuable report that guides continuous improvement.  The on site visit is for a full day, often 7am to 6pm observing all the activities around food.  In some situations, we can provide a remote service.

If you would like to know more about the NPA Menu Audit tool, contact me for your free 15-minute consultation.  (julie@npagroup.com.au)

Posted in: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Accreditation Dietitian Aged Care Menus Nutrition  

Is holistic nutrition care expensive?

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 25 June 2020
Is holistic nutrition care expensive?

Aged care homes are required under the Aged Care Quality Standards to provide safe and effective personal and clinical care (Standard 3).  The care needs to be best practice and tailored the meet the needs of the residents and optimises their health and well-being.


NPA Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) are very experienced in aged care nutrition.  To demonstrate best practice, APDs should be included in the formulation of a nutrition care plan, particularly for residents that are facing nutrition challenges.  In our experience, the APD can be bypassed and commercial nutrition supplements are used to 'fix the nutrition'.  This is likely to result in a huge expensive to the aged care home.  NPA, in most cases will be able to find cost effective, nourishing and enjoyable food solutions - our approach is Food First.  For many residents, they would also prefer a food first approach.  The APD will tailor the food solution to the residents individual food preferences.


NPA APDs can provide the clinical advice and the food system advice to solve the nutrition challenges without the large commercial supplement costs.  Do you know how much you are spending on commercial supplements each month, each year?   What are your food costs?  What are the costs to the quality of life for residents?


If you would like to learn more about a food first approach and food solutions, contact me for your free 15 minute consultation (julie@npagroup.com.au)

Posted in: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Accreditation Dietitian Aged Care Malnutrition Food Service Nutrition  

Nutrition Assessment

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 22 June 2020
Nutrition Assessment

All eight Aged Care Quality Standards can be demonstrated by the food systems and nutrition care in an aged care home.

Standard 2, Ongoing Assessment and Planning with Consumers can be demonstrated by regularly using a validated malnutrition screening tool.  Malnutrition screening tools usually include weight and BMI and a range of other factors.  Screening tools need to be simple, quick and easy to use but most importantly be validated.

Many electronic client record systems now include them as part of the program.  Does your record system have one?  Is it a validated tool and provide you with accurate information about your residents? Has your Dietitian assisted with the identification of a malnutrition screening tool?

When reviewing weight changes it's always a good idea, soon after admission, to speak with the resident and or family to really learn about the resident's weight history.  Have they recently lost or gained weight, what is their usual weight?  This is likely to provide very useful information when completing an assessment.

If you would like to learn more about validated screening tools and find out which is the best one for your situation, you are welcome to contact me for your free 15-minute consultation.  (julie@npagroup.com.au)

Posted in: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Aged Care Malnutrition Nutrition  

Food and Innovation

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 18 June 2020
Food and Innovation

Using the previous aged care standards, it was always very easy to see where nutrition and hydration fitted.  Standard 2.10 and 4.8 related to nutrition and hydration and the food service.

With the recent changes to the standards, food and nutrition now fits across all 8 standards and is not quite as easily identified.  Central to all the standards is the residents need for real choice.

Does your menu offer real choice?  Where does that occur?  When are meal orders taken?  The day before, the week before or even the month before?  Who takes the orders?  How do they communicate with those residents with Dementia?  Do the staff just choose for the resident and tick the box?

We know best practice is at the point of service.  In these challenging times, choice at the point of service is still possible.  It may take some rearranging,a few more resources and some innovation, but well worth the effort. 

If you would like to explore some innovative solutions, don't hesitate to contact me for a free 15 minute conversation to help you get on the right track!(julie@npagroup.com.au)

Posted in: Aged Care Standards Accreditation Aged Care Food Service  
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