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Seminars are now Webinars!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 15 May 2020
Seminars are now Webinars!

Have you been looking for easy to understand nutrition information for your aged care residents? Are you confused with conflicting nutrition advice?

Well, look no further than the NPA interactive Improving Nutrition Series!

Seminars are now Webinars!

Our popular 2-day program will change this year!

Anne and Julie have refined their Zoom skills and are excited to release the topics and dates for the NPA Improving Nutrition program for 2020. There is a reduced price for all 10 sessions or if you prefer you can register for a selection of sessions.

It has been specifically tailored for aged care staff who have a role in nutrition care or food service.

Delivering this program using Zoom (on a laptop, phone, tablet, at home or work) will provide convenient and easy to access, invaluable information that is needed every day in an aged care home to deliver quality food and nutrition care.

We are looking forward to meeting you again this year- online!
Use the link above and register today. Get those dates into your diary now!

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Maintaining meal time connections!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 12 May 2020
Maintaining meal time connections!

Most people living in an aged care home usually enjoy the dining environment by having their meals with other residents and family members.  It's time to have a conversation, some interaction and have some laughs. Carefully managing the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many residents now have all their meals in their room.  It's possible that an unintended consequence of this action may include exacerbation of malnutrition, frailty and possibly pressure areas.


Try to make residents meal time experience as enjoyable as possible by connecting with their loved ones. Make sure you are aware of their favourite foods and when possible have it available.  Have some soothing music playing, have a photo of their family close to their meal while eating.  Or even use an app or phone so that they can speak with their family while enjoying their meal.  There will be different solutions for different residents.  As a way of monitoring the effect on social distancing, you may even need to weigh residents more frequently than monthly.

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Finding reliable information!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 May 2020
Finding reliable information!

From where do you get your food and nutrition information? There is so much information about food and nutrition available to us these days, it's difficult to know who to believe!  NPA Accredited Practising Dietitians have over 50 years of combined dietetic practice and are able to provide advice and support to aged care homes about special diets that may be required for residents. 

NPA Hint 10.

Do you have an up to date nutrition manual that nursing staff and food service staff can refer to?  It's not easy to find Australian information that is relevant and easy to understand.   Dietary information should not be obtained from the internet unless it has come from a reliable source.  Be sure that the dietary information you are implementing is evidence based and will assist the resident to have the best outcome and improved quality of life. 

NPA have written Meal Plans for Special Diets Manual which is currently used in many aged care homes across Australia.   We would be pleased to provide printed material and guidance at any time but especially when a challenging situation arises.  

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An ideal solution!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 6 May 2020
An ideal solution!

Aged care providers can continue to provide high-quality evidence based nutrition care through these challenging times. Dietitians guidance and advice is essential to maintain the health and quality of life for aged care residents.

NPA Hint 9.

Are you limiting visitors coming in to your aged care home?  NPA Dietitians can offer remote consulting by logging on to your electronic record system externally.  Conversations using the phone, Zoom or Skype can be conducted to gain a further understanding of the resident's situation.  NPA Dietitians will then be able to communicate a formal nutrition care plan and document directly into the resident's file.  This maintains an efficient, evidence based, high quality service for our most vulnerable loved ones.

If you are concerned about your family member's nutrition or your resident's nutrition, give us a call to learn how we can assist during this unprecedented time. 

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Caring for the vulnerable.

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 4 May 2020
Caring for the vulnerable.

When modifying the texture of a food, we usually need to add a liquid to get the right consistency.  Unless it is fortified, the nutrient density will be diluted.  These most vulnerable people often don't have a good appetite, even at the best of times. During the time of social isolation, they are likley to experience an even further reduced appetite.   

NPA Hint No. 8

Residents requiring modified texture meals are at even higher risk and need to be carefully monitored, offered suitable nourishing snacks, and given assistance at each meal and each mid meal. It is strongly recommended these residents are weighed weekly to ensure that their intake Is meeting their needs.

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