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Delicious and nutritious snacks!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 30 April 2020
Delicious and nutritious snacks!
Vulnerable people living in aged care homes are at even greater nutritional risk during these times of social distancing and isolation.  Their appetite is expected to decline during these times, making snacks an even more important part of the menu.
NPA Hint No. 7
Ensure snacks and drinks are delicious and nutritious treats for all residents. Sweet biscuits need to be replaced with food that provides real nutrition. Items such home-baked items using fruit, wholemeal flour, milk-based desserts, fruit smoothies are strongly recommended for all.
Make sure they are offered 3 times per day - morning tea, afternoon tea and supper.
If you would like to be sure you are on the right track, call for your free 15 minutes check up!

Posted in: COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Nutrition  

Menu Audits by Nutrition Professionals Australia have undergone a complete facelift!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 28 April 2020
Menu Audits by Nutrition Professionals Australia have undergone a complete facelift!
Using the new (or not so new) standards, areas for improvement in nutrition care can be linked back to each standard.  This gives aged care homes very useful information to construct their improvement plans relating to each standard.  NPA is the first team of Dietitians to use the new standards in this way.
Dunbar Homes have recently engaged NPA for a menu audit and this is what Stefan Orcish, Business & Operations Manager said:

This is the first time the menu review has been aligned directly and so clearly to the Quality Standards, and this really gives us clear insight into the areas we do well, and also areas we need to look at improving.
.. we are very happy with the way this audit was conducted, Letizia was fantastic and the audit tool is the best we have seen in our time!.

Covid -19 might be putting each aged care home under pressure but NPA can  assist organisations to ensure the residents' care continues to meet high standards.  We can conduct the audit remotely if visiting is prohibited.  Call or email us directly.
Posted in: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Accreditation Meal presentation COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Menus Food Service Nutrition  

Protein at every meal!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 21 April 2020
Protein at every meal!

During this time when aged care homes are isolating the residents from families and visitors, we know that they are more likely to feel lonely and puts them at a higher nutritional risk. 
We must ACT NOW and make food and nutrition a priority, or we are likely to see our most vulnerable have poorer health outcomes, with an increased incidence of wounds, falls, infections and even death.
Some things to do to ensure that the risk is being managed include:

NPA Hint no. 6

Protein also needs to be included at each main meal. Offer a cooked breakfast more often or even every day.  Eggs, baked beans and even smoothies are great options for breakfast.  Make sure that all soups include a protein source, such as meat, chicken, legumes. Limit convenience food items with very low protein contents, eg vegetable patties, commercial crumbed fish, party pies and pasta dishes with little or no meat.

Posted in: Dairy Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Dietitian Protein COVID19 Soup Aged Care Malnutrition Eggs Menus Food Service Nutrition  

Fortify food!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 20 April 2020
Fortify food!

During this time when aged care homes are isolating the residents from families and visitors, we know that they are more likely to feel lonely and puts them at a higher nutritional risk. 
We must ACT NOW and make food and nutrition a priority, or we are likely to see our most vulnerable have poorer health outcomes, with an increased incidence of wounds, falls, infections and even death.
Some things to do to ensure that the risk is being managed include:

NPA Hint no. 5

Ensure all the meals are fortified using a food first approach. This is not necessarily using commercial nutrition supplements but adding additional energy and protein using milk powder, cheese, eggs in cooking.  NPA can provide further details if you require.

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Dietitian Meal presentation COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Menus Food Service Weight Nutrition  

COVID -19 Practical solutions for unprecedented challenges

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 17 April 2020
COVID -19 Practical solutions for unprecedented challenges
Is your aged care home and food services prepared for a Covid 19 infection?
Each home or organisation will need to act slightly differently depending on their own policies, practices, the demands on resources and how the food service to residents is structured. Infection control strategies and Department of Health advice is paramount.

Strategies to consider and put into place

  • Limiting exposure of residents to staff- eg using designated staff to deliver all meals and mid meals
  • Providing a generous supply of snacks in the kitchenette/pantry that the designated staff can access easily
  • Ensure supply of high energy, high protein foods, eg eggs, milk, milk drinks
  • Supplements (in house or commercial) may need to be increased

If there are limited food service staff:

o  Providing drinking water as bottled water
o Cease salad and sandwich preparation or consider buying them in
o  May need to use portion control items more widely just ensure that they can be opened
o May need to purchase prepared meals to limit workload
o May need to move to an a la carte menu, giving resident only limited choice at the meal service
o Identify new staff early including Chef, food service assistants who can gain some additional training whilst business remains as usual

Message me to arrange a free, no obligation 15-minute aged care nutrition check!
Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Dietitian COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Menus Food Service Nutrition  

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