All eight Aged Care Quality Standards can be demonstrated by the food systems and nutrition care in an aged care home.
Standard 2, Ongoing Assessment and Planning with Consumers can be demonstrated by regularly using a validated malnutrition screening tool. Malnutrition screening tools usually include weight and BMI and a range of other factors. Screening tools need to be simple, quick and easy to use but most importantly be validated.
Many electronic client record systems now include them as part of the program. Does your record system have one? Is it a validated tool and provide you with accurate information about your residents? Has your Dietitian assisted with the identification of a malnutrition screening tool?
When reviewing weight changes it's always a good idea, soon after admission, to speak with the resident and or family to really learn about the resident's weight history. Have they recently lost or gained weight, what is their usual weight? This is likely to provide very useful information when completing an assessment.
If you would like to learn more about validated screening tools and find out which is the best one for your situation, you are welcome to contact me for your free 15-minute consultation. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's puzzling why aged care homes are referred to as aged care facilities.
Many official bodies and government departments will refer to these homes as facilities. If we really want to ensure that this is the home for older people, we need to start to change our language and refer to the buildings and organisations as homes. Perhaps we just might to start to make it feel like a home?
The same can said for residents versus consumers. There has been plenty of discussion about which term is right. From our experience, it appears that many people prefer the word resident over consumer. At the end of the day, they are people. Shouldn't we just refer to them as people?
Just some food for thought!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.