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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.

NPA HINT 11.

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.

Author: Julie Dundon AdvAPD
Tags: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Dietitian Meal presentation COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Food Service diningexperience Nutrition

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