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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 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.  

Make sure every mouthful counts!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 5 September 2019
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People who need a modified texture diet often have several medical problems, resulting in a poor appetite and intake. In addition, the food does not look the same as it did before, meaning that people needing this type of diet are at high risk of losing weight.

Weight loss without trying can mean loss of muscle and condition and can contribute to poor health.

All texture modified foods should be fortified with protein and energy additions.
  • Protein is the nutrient that is needed the most, so include the meat, fish, chicken, egg portion of the meal in preference to 'eating all of the vegetables'.
  • Add items such as milk, milk powder, egg, grated cheese, legume powders to boost protein intake.
  • Use full fat dairy foods.
  • Use cream, oil, butter, margarine to add additional calories to the food.

It's very challenging to fortify modified texture food to the correct level and present the meal in a way that the person still enjoys  the food and the dining experience.

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.  

Meal Plans Manual updated for IDDSI

Posted by Anne Schneyder on 10 May 2019
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Have you implemented IDDSI yet? The date for implementation of the new IDDSI guidelines was 1st May.  Key issues to consider include:

  • Documentation of the IDDSI textures and thickened fluids in your clinical software and in kitchen documentation
  • Training for care and kitchen staff on the differences between the Easy to Chew and the Soft and Bite Sized Diets
  • How have your residents currently receiving a soft diet been classified in the new guidelines? You will need support from your speech pathologist

Our Meal Plans for Older People Manual has been revised for IDDSI. If you have purchased a version over the past 12 months, you will receive an updated version. For more information or to purchase the manual, click here.

 

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