It is now well established that older people need up to 90gms protein per day to maintain their muscle mass, strength and prevent frailty. We also know that the protein needs to be distributed throughout the day, with 30gms at each meal.
Typically, in an aged care home or even when older people receive home delivered meals, the midday meal will have the largest protein content. Breakfast and the evening meal usually contain substantially less protein.
How can you be sure that your residents are being offered adequate protein?
Protein requirements can be met by ensuring good quality protein foods are offered in adequate quantities at all meals.
Breakfast: eggs, baked beans, yoghurt, milk-based drinks
Midday and Evening Meal: meat, fish, chicken, lentils, cheese, milky desserts
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.
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