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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.  

An ideal solution!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 6 May 2020
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Aged care providers can continue to provide high-quality evidence based nutrition care through these challenging times. Dietitians guidance and advice is essential to maintain the health and quality of life for aged care residents.

NPA Hint 9.

Are you limiting visitors coming in to your aged care home?  NPA Dietitians can offer remote consulting by logging on to your electronic record system externally.  Conversations using the phone, Zoom or Skype can be conducted to gain a further understanding of the resident's situation.  NPA Dietitians will then be able to communicate a formal nutrition care plan and document directly into the resident's file.  This maintains an efficient, evidence based, high quality service for our most vulnerable loved ones.

If you are concerned about your family member's nutrition or your resident's nutrition, give us a call to learn how we can assist during this unprecedented time. 

Delicious and nutritious snacks!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 30 April 2020
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Vulnerable people living in aged care homes are at even greater nutritional risk during these times of social distancing and isolation.  Their appetite is expected to decline during these times, making snacks an even more important part of the menu.
NPA Hint No. 7
Ensure snacks and drinks are delicious and nutritious treats for all residents. Sweet biscuits need to be replaced with food that provides real nutrition. Items such home-baked items using fruit, wholemeal flour, milk-based desserts, fruit smoothies are strongly recommended for all.
Make sure they are offered 3 times per day - morning tea, afternoon tea and supper.
If you would like to be sure you are on the right track, call for your free 15 minutes check up!

Menu Audits by Nutrition Professionals Australia have undergone a complete facelift!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 28 April 2020
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Using the new (or not so new) standards, areas for improvement in nutrition care can be linked back to each standard.  This gives aged care homes very useful information to construct their improvement plans relating to each standard.  NPA is the first team of Dietitians to use the new standards in this way.
Dunbar Homes have recently engaged NPA for a menu audit and this is what Stefan Orcish, Business & Operations Manager said:

This is the first time the menu review has been aligned directly and so clearly to the Quality Standards, and this really gives us clear insight into the areas we do well, and also areas we need to look at improving.
.. we are very happy with the way this audit was conducted, Letizia was fantastic and the audit tool is the best we have seen in our time!.

Covid -19 might be putting each aged care home under pressure but NPA can  assist organisations to ensure the residents' care continues to meet high standards.  We can conduct the audit remotely if visiting is prohibited.  Call or email us directly.

Protein at every meal!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 21 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. 6

Protein also needs to be included at each main meal. Offer a cooked breakfast more often or even every day.  Eggs, baked beans and even smoothies are great options for breakfast.  Make sure that all soups include a protein source, such as meat, chicken, legumes. Limit convenience food items with very low protein contents, eg vegetable patties, commercial crumbed fish, party pies and pasta dishes with little or no meat.

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