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Food First!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 14 November 2019
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We often hear, 'Food is only nutrition if its eaten!'.  Never a truer word has been spoken. Nutritious quality food is essential to maintain the quality of life for older people who are either living in the community or in an aged care home. 

Experienced aged care Dietitians are committed to finding food solutions, a 'Food First approach' to meet older peoples' nutrition needs. Commercial nutrition supplements can play a role in aged care but will never take the place of quality food.

If you find that there is a high use of commercial supplements in a home it may mean that the menu needs to be reviewed by an aged care Dietitian to identify how the menu and food provided can meet the nutrition requirements of residents. But remember, it must be eaten for it to be nutritious!

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. 

Are your Residents Meeting their Protein Needs?

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 31 October 2019
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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. 

For example:
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. 

Eating with our EYES!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 17 October 2019
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The old adage 'We Eat With OUR Eyes' holds true even in an aged care home. It's always important to present meals in an attractive way.

As we age, our appetite decreases but our need for some nutrients increase, so meal presentation is even more important.  The food needs to look enticing, smell delicious and taste great.

When a person needs a modified texture meal, for example smooth pureed or minced and moist it is even more challenging to present the meal attractively.  In recent times, food molds are being used more commonly which really can help to make a difference.  If this can't be done, remember, piping foods, making slices, presenting the meal in a ramekin or a dessert in a lovely glass can make all the difference.

Food is one of life's pleasures and even more so as we age!

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.  

Are you IDDSI compliant?

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 3 October 2019
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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.  

Dietitians Day 2019!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 19 September 2019
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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!!

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