Are you IDDSI compliant?

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 3 October 2019
Are you IDDSI compliant?

Is your home or service IDDSI compliant? 

From May of 2019, the terminology used to describe and classify modified texture meals and fluids was formally adopted across the community, country and the world. 

There are minor but very significant changes to the way the textures and thickened fluids are described.  Many resources can be found at www.iddsi.org and there are apps available to help you through the journey. 

It's important that all the members of the team - nursing, care, food service, lifestyle and volunteers - are familiar with the changes.  

So, have you made the change to IDDSI? 

About the Author Nutrition Professionals Australia is a team of Accredited Practising Dietitians who consult to aged care homes across Australia.  They have more than 40 years of combined experience in a range of roles, as Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, Food Services Coordinator, Residential Site Manager, Author of Nutrition Manuals and Consultant Dietitian.  

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Fluids Dietitian Meal presentation IDDSI Aged Care Puree Diets Malnutrition Food Service Nutrition  

Dietitians Day 2019!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 19 September 2019
Dietitians Day 2019!

We are celebrating Dietitians Day 2019 by recognising the Nutrition Care Seminars, Nutrition Professionals Australia have conducted since 2006!

We have conducted more than 87, two day programs with over 1900 registrants from more than 600 aged care homes.  We have visited many parts of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Port Headland, Mackay, Launceston, Devonport, Whyalla and Adelaide.

This is a huge achievement and it wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful, dedicated aged care staff who have participated in discussions, provided feedback and introduced improvements for the benefit of their residents!!

Nutrition Professionals Australia have another 2 seminars to complete in 2019 - we are hoping to reach the 2000 mark and beyond. 

Keep up the great work NPA team!!

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Seminars Dietitian Protein Aged Care Malnutrition Special diets Food Service Nutrition  

Make sure every mouthful counts!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 5 September 2019
Make sure every mouthful counts!
People who need a modified texture diet often have several medical problems, resulting in a poor appetite and intake. In addition, the food does not look the same as it did before, meaning that people needing this type of diet are at high risk of losing weight.

Weight loss without trying can mean loss of muscle and condition and can contribute to poor health.

All texture modified foods should be fortified with protein and energy additions.
  • Protein is the nutrient that is needed the most, so include the meat, fish, chicken, egg portion of the meal in preference to 'eating all of the vegetables'.
  • Add items such as milk, milk powder, egg, grated cheese, legume powders to boost protein intake.
  • Use full fat dairy foods.
  • Use cream, oil, butter, margarine to add additional calories to the food.

It's very challenging to fortify modified texture food to the correct level and present the meal in a way that the person still enjoys  the food and the dining experience.

About the Author Nutrition Professionals Australia is a team of Accredited Practising Dietitians who consult to aged care homes across Australia.  They have more than 40 years of combined experience in a range of roles, as Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, Food Services Coordinator, Residential Site Manager, Author of Nutrition Manuals and Consultant Dietitian.  

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Protein Aged Care Puree Diets Food Service  

Meal Plans Manual updated for IDDSI

Posted by Anne Schneyder on 10 May 2019
Meal Plans Manual updated for IDDSI

Have you implemented IDDSI yet? The date for implementation of the new IDDSI guidelines was 1st May.  Key issues to consider include:

  • Documentation of the IDDSI textures and thickened fluids in your clinical software and in kitchen documentation
  • Training for care and kitchen staff on the differences between the Easy to Chew and the Soft and Bite Sized Diets
  • How have your residents currently receiving a soft diet been classified in the new guidelines? You will need support from your speech pathologist

Our Meal Plans for Older People Manual has been revised for IDDSI. If you have purchased a version over the past 12 months, you will receive an updated version. For more information or to purchase the manual, click here.

 

Posted in: Nutrition Professionals Australia Food Safety IDDSI Aged Care Puree Diets Menus Food Service  

New- Australian Pasteurised Eggs

Posted by Anne Schneyder on 19 December 2018
New- Australian Pasteurised Eggs

NPA welcomes the launch of the new Safe Eggs from Australian Pasteurised Eggs. These eggs have the potential to bring some dignity to the aged care sector with soft eggs coming back onto menus. It is such a simple thing: to enjoy a soft poached egg but up until now food safety regulations have restricted the ability to provide them to vulnerable populations. 

Eggs provide one of the best sources of protein for a sector where up to 50% of the population may be poorly nourished. Medical conditions can affect an older person's appetite or further increase their nutrition requirements. Any strategy that can increase protein and nutrition intake for older people is welcome.

The real benefit for nutrition care is that chefs will be able to increase protein intake by offering foods in a form that people love to eat. Items such as soft poached eggs, soft boiled egg with bread 'soldiers', pan fried eggs sunny side up, egg flips, mousse, even whole egg mayonnaise, aioli and hollandaise sauce can all make their way back onto menus. These pasteurised eggs will revolutionise the way that chefs cater for older people.

Posted in: Healthy Eating Nutrition Professionals Australia Food Safety Aged Care Eggs Menus Food Service Nutrition  
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