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Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 22 June 2020
Nutrition Assessment

All eight Aged Care Quality Standards can be demonstrated by the food systems and nutrition care in an aged care home.

Standard 2, Ongoing Assessment and Planning with Consumers can be demonstrated by regularly using a validated malnutrition screening tool.  Malnutrition screening tools usually include weight and BMI and a range of other factors.  Screening tools need to be simple, quick and easy to use but most importantly be validated.

Many electronic client record systems now include them as part of the program.  Does your record system have one?  Is it a validated tool and provide you with accurate information about your residents? Has your Dietitian assisted with the identification of a malnutrition screening tool?

When reviewing weight changes it's always a good idea, soon after admission, to speak with the resident and or family to really learn about the resident's weight history.  Have they recently lost or gained weight, what is their usual weight?  This is likely to provide very useful information when completing an assessment.

If you would like to learn more about validated screening tools and find out which is the best one for your situation, you are welcome to contact me for your free 15-minute consultation.  (julie@npagroup.com.au)

Author: Julie Dundon AdvAPD
Tags: Aged Care Standards Nutrition Professionals Australia Risk Aged Care Malnutrition Nutrition

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