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.
Nutrition Professionals Australia will be regularly releasing a new suggestions to help find the best strategy to maintin our residents health.
Some things to do to ensure that the risk is being managed include:
NPA Hint no. 1
Have the menu reviewed by an APD. This may mean you need to do have it completed remotely but it will give you peace of mind that you are providing the residents with every opportunity to meet their nutrition needs. Nutrition Professionals Australia are able complete the menu audit against the new standards. This will provide valuable insight of where improvements are most needed.
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