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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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