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. 6
Protein also needs to be included at each main meal. Offer a cooked breakfast more often or even every day. Eggs, baked beans and even smoothies are great options for breakfast. Make sure that all soups include a protein source, such as meat, chicken, legumes. Limit convenience food items with very low protein contents, eg vegetable patties, commercial crumbed fish, party pies and pasta dishes with little or no meat.
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