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Watch closely!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 14 April 2020
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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.3

Any resident who is identified as at risk of malnutrition needs closer monitoring.  Weigh these residents more often, even once per week. Refer to NPA for full (remote) assessment and nutrition care plan based on a food first approach.

Malnutrition vs Weight Loss

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 9 April 2020
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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. 2

Ensure that the resident's malnutrition risk is identified routinely by using a validated malnutrition screening and assessment tool.  This is not just about weight loss.  It is expected that the nutrition risk will be identified before there is weight loss.  It is much harder to increase weight than to prevent weight loss.

 

Action needed now!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 April 2020
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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.

Nutrition Professionals Australia will be regularly releasing a new suggestions to help find the best strategy to maintin our residents health.

Some things to do to ensure that the risk is being managed include:

NPA Hint no. 1

Have the menu reviewed by an APD.  This may mean you need to do have it completed remotely but it will give you peace of mind that you are providing the residents with every opportunity to meet their nutrition needs.  Nutrition Professionals Australia are able complete the menu audit against the new standards.  This will provide valuable insight of where improvements are most needed.

 

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