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Be quick!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 July 2020
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With the limitations of COVID19, we are now delivering our highly regarded 2-day Improving Nutrition Seminars over 10 live web events! 

 

Yesterday, we presented the first Module (of 10) and will be continuing to present the next 9 each fortnight.

 

While we have found the IT a little daunting, COVID 19 has made us move out of our comfort zone and we are loving the challenge.

 

The result - more accessible and more affordable evidence-based nutrition information for all staff working in the aged care sector. The final result - a better quality of life for our residents.

 

Our current program is completely sold out and we have just set the next one to commence on Thursday 30 July.

 

Message your email address to me and we can send you the link when it's live....but be quick as we will have limited places!

The New Normal!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 29 May 2020
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The new normal!

How are you adjusting to the new normal with COVID19? Have you been able to continue staff training?

NPA Nutrition and Aged Care Seminars are highly regarded and we would much prefer to provide this in person........but this just can't be done!

We are pleased to have successfully converted the 2 days into a series of webinars and registrations are now open! Many of the topics are relevant to community providers too.

https://www.npagroup.com.au/aged-care-webinars.html

For many years, NPA has provided complimentary e-learning modules for aged care staff in our contracted aged care homes or subscriptions to other aged care providers.

https://www.npagroup.com.au/online-aged-care-presentations.html

Providing best-practice evidence-based training for a range of staff is essential to achieve great outcomes for our most vulnerable both in the community and in residential aged care

NPA Hint No.12

Education can be delivered via webinar with staff on their own devices. Training continues to be required during this extended time. All staff need to understand their role and the impact of good nutrition and how they are part of the process. NPA has some affordable online programs that can be accessed by staff at any time, anywhere.
 

Seminars are now Webinars!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 15 May 2020
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Have you been looking for easy to understand nutrition information for your aged care residents? Are you confused with conflicting nutrition advice?

Well, look no further than the NPA interactive Improving Nutrition Series!

Seminars are now Webinars!

https://www.npagroup.com.au/aged-care-webinars.html

Our popular 2-day program will change this year!

Anne and Julie have refined their Zoom skills and are excited to release the topics and dates for the NPA Improving Nutrition program for 2020. There is a reduced price for all 10 sessions or if you prefer you can register for a selection of sessions.

It has been specifically tailored for aged care staff who have a role in nutrition care or food service.

Delivering this program using Zoom (on a laptop, phone, tablet, at home or work) will provide convenient and easy to access, invaluable information that is needed every day in an aged care home to deliver quality food and nutrition care.

We are looking forward to meeting you again this year- online!
Use the link above and register today. Get those dates into your diary now!

Maintaining meal time connections!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 12 May 2020
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Most people living in an aged care home usually enjoy the dining environment by having their meals with other residents and family members.  It's time to have a conversation, some interaction and have some laughs. Carefully managing the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many residents now have all their meals in their room.  It's possible that an unintended consequence of this action may include exacerbation of malnutrition, frailty and possibly pressure areas.

NPA HINT 11.

Try to make residents meal time experience as enjoyable as possible by connecting with their loved ones. Make sure you are aware of their favourite foods and when possible have it available.  Have some soothing music playing, have a photo of their family close to their meal while eating.  Or even use an app or phone so that they can speak with their family while enjoying their meal.  There will be different solutions for different residents.  As a way of monitoring the effect on social distancing, you may even need to weigh residents more frequently than monthly.

Finding reliable information!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 May 2020
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From where do you get your food and nutrition information? There is so much information about food and nutrition available to us these days, it's difficult to know who to believe!  NPA Accredited Practising Dietitians have over 50 years of combined dietetic practice and are able to provide advice and support to aged care homes about special diets that may be required for residents. 

NPA Hint 10.

Do you have an up to date nutrition manual that nursing staff and food service staff can refer to?  It's not easy to find Australian information that is relevant and easy to understand.   Dietary information should not be obtained from the internet unless it has come from a reliable source.  Be sure that the dietary information you are implementing is evidence based and will assist the resident to have the best outcome and improved quality of life. 

NPA have written Meal Plans for Special Diets Manual which is currently used in many aged care homes across Australia.   We would be pleased to provide printed material and guidance at any time but especially when a challenging situation arises.  

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