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Fortify food!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 20 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. 5

Ensure all the meals are fortified using a food first approach. This is not necessarily using commercial nutrition supplements but adding additional energy and protein using milk powder, cheese, eggs in cooking.  NPA can provide further details if you require.

COVID -19 Practical solutions for unprecedented challenges

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 17 April 2020
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Is your aged care home and food services prepared for a Covid 19 infection?
Each home or organisation will need to act slightly differently depending on their own policies, practices, the demands on resources and how the food service to residents is structured. Infection control strategies and Department of Health advice is paramount.

Strategies to consider and put into place

  • Limiting exposure of residents to staff- eg using designated staff to deliver all meals and mid meals
  • Providing a generous supply of snacks in the kitchenette/pantry that the designated staff can access easily
  • Ensure supply of high energy, high protein foods, eg eggs, milk, milk drinks
  • Supplements (in house or commercial) may need to be increased

If there are limited food service staff:

o  Providing drinking water as bottled water
o Cease salad and sandwich preparation or consider buying them in
o  May need to use portion control items more widely just ensure that they can be opened
o May need to purchase prepared meals to limit workload
o May need to move to an a la carte menu, giving resident only limited choice at the meal service
o Identify new staff early including Chef, food service assistants who can gain some additional training whilst business remains as usual

Message me to arrange a free, no obligation 15-minute aged care nutrition check!

COVID-19 - The silent nutrition challenges

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 16 April 2020
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Is your aged care home and food services prepared for a Covid 19 infection?
Each home or organisation will need to act slightly differently depending on their own policies, practices, the demands on resources and how the food service to residents is structured. Infection control strategies and Department of Health advice is paramount.

Planning is the key and should be undertaken before any infection is experienced.

Considerations include

  • Potential staffing shortages in food service due to Covid 19 exposure or ill health
  • Identification of effective communication channels regarding food supply in the home in times of change
  • Maintenance of product continuity- may need to identify back up suppliers
  • Identification of suppliers of additional food items, such as portion control packs, supplements, modified texture meals that may be required
Message me to arrange a free, no obligation 15-minute aged care nutrition check!

Mealtime assistance

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 15 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. 4

Many family members have been giving their time generously and often assist their loved one at mealtimes.  They may not be able to attend as often or even at all and as a result additional staff may need to be rostered on over the mealtime period.

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.

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