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Malnutrition vs Weight Loss

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 9 April 2020
Malnutrition vs Weight Loss

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. 2

Ensure that the resident's malnutrition risk is identified routinely by using a validated malnutrition screening and assessment tool.  This is not just about weight loss.  It is expected that the nutrition risk will be identified before there is weight loss.  It is much harder to increase weight than to prevent weight loss.

 

Author: Julie Dundon AdvAPD
Tags: Nutrition Professionals Australia Dietitian Protein COVID19 Aged Care Malnutrition Food Service Weight Nutrition

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