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Action needed now!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 8 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.

Nutrition Professionals Australia will be regularly releasing a new suggestions to help find the best strategy to maintin our residents health.

Some things to do to ensure that the risk is being managed include:

NPA Hint no. 1

Have the menu reviewed by an APD.  This may mean you need to do have it completed remotely but it will give you peace of mind that you are providing the residents with every opportunity to meet their nutrition needs.  Nutrition Professionals Australia are able complete the menu audit against the new standards.  This will provide valuable insight of where improvements are most needed.

 

I can't eat all of that!

Posted by Nutrition Professionals Australia on 12 March 2020
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We often hear older people exclaim: 'I can't eat all of that'!  The meal size may look quite small to us when our appetites are healthy.  Unfortunately, as we age, activity and appetites can dwindle.  We must keep this in mind when we are providing meals- we need to offer a range of serve sizes.  This can be very challenging.

Many aged care homes document that residents require a small, medium or large serve.  In practice what does this mean?  Do we use different sized serving utensils for each size?  Over the years, NPA have seen very few homes that have standard serves sizes documented with the respective serving utensils.  It is often left to each staff member to determine the size of the meal.

If the serves are bigger than the resident's appetite, we run the risk of them not eating anything at all and the resident becoming even more malnourished.  If a resident requests small or extra small serves, this should be respected but the mid meals and nourishing fluids become even more important as a source of nutrients.

If a resident requests a small, medium or large serve we need to provide the right quantity consistently across the menu!

Communication is the Key!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 27 February 2020
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Residents in an aged care setting must receive the correct meal at the correct time, every day.  

If a resident has a special dietary need, the details are recorded in the resident's care plan and communicated carefully to the kitchen staff to ensure all the dietary limitations are actioned.  More importantly the resident is not unnecessarily restricted and as many choices are provided as possible. We can use a range of communication methods to ensure that this occurs. 

The system for communication between nursing staff and kitchen staff should be effective, simple and safe.  A Dietitian and Speech Pathologist often contribute to this food and nutrition care plan and will also communicate directly with the kitchen staff.  The resident's dietary details list will need to be maintained.  So, when there is a change for a resident, that change is immediately communicated with the kitchen and any lists used are immediately updated.

It must be very clear whose responsibility it is to update all lists to ensure they are accurate and reflect the residents' current dietary needs. These lists must also be referred to whenever providing food or fluids to any residents.

What system of communication do you use? Are you relying on paperwork or do you use a clinical software system? Are you using a dedicated food service software system? Reports from client software packages can ensure that all information is up to date at all times and they can generate usable lists that can be referred to in the kitchen.  A key factor is to keep the system that you use simple. Minimise the number of lists- the more lists there are, the more likely it is that they will not match.

When NPA conduct audits of nutrition care it is very common to find anomalies when comparing the care plans with lists in the kitchen.  Regular audits should be undertaken by the care home to ensure integrity of the information and to provide reassurance that the right meal is provided to the right person.

Understanding food related risks- workshop

Posted by Nutrition Professionals Australia on 17 February 2020
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Does your organisation understand its food and nutrition risks? Are you meeting the new Aged Care Quality Standards for Nutrition Care? What is the real cost of poor nutrition in your organisation?

The food served in aged care homes is in the spotlight. Consumers are increasingly demanding a better quality of food and have greater needs than ever before. In addition, the costs associated with providing good food and good nutrition care are increasing.

The true costs of providing the correct nutrition to consumers is hidden. Do you know how much you spend on oral nutrition supplements, aperients, wound dressings and wound care? Food Services are often seen as separate from Clinical Care when in fact food and nutrition sit under every one of the new Aged Care Quality Standards,

NPA are offering a new workshop in 2020:

RISK AND COMPLIANCE IN AGED CARE NUTRITION

CLICK HERE for a program.

Adelaide Pavillion

Friday 3rd April 2020 | 8.00am to 12.00pm | Registration at 8.30am

This workshop will explore how the new standards relate to nutrition care. This workshop is designed for all Managers in Aged Care Homes- CEO/ Site Manager/ Care Manager/ Food Service Manager/ QI Coordinator and wll assist your organisation to:

  • Meet Accreditation standards for nutrition care
  • Identify nutrition risks for your residents
  • Understand your menu offering and dining experience
  • Improve knowledge of nutrition needs of consumers
  • Decrease cost of supplements, wound dressings and aperiants
  • Ensure accurate catering for allergies and dysphagia
  • Minimise numbers of consumers with indicators for mandatory reporting
  • Contain costs

CLICK HERE to register for the day.

 

REVIEWING A FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN

Think ST Solutions will also provide a seminar in the coming weeks to complement NPA's approach: Reviewing a Food Safety Management Plan.

Adelaide Pavillion

Friday 15 May 2020 | 9am to 12pm

Andrew Thompson states that: "Food safety compliance is an area of operational risk which is largely overlooked across the foodservice sector. Ignoring operational risk can expose any foodservice operation to significant losses."

To register contact Andrew on info@thinkstsolutions.com.au or see website www.thinkstsolutions.com.au.

All managers are encouraged to attend both workshops to truly undertand the risks associated with food and nutrition in aged care and to ensure compliance with Accreditation standards.


 

Keeping those fluids up!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 13 February 2020
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Trying to meet hydration needs of older people is always challenging but it is even more challenging in the peak of Summer in Australia.  As described in the last article, many foods such as custard and soups provide fluid and some nutrition and these should be used as a priority.

Other practical strategies to increase fluid intake include:

  • Identify those at risk of dehydration
  • Record and review consumption
  • Encourage enthusiastically
  • Encourage residents to drink with others
  • Use familiar cups or mugs
  • Offer fluids at every meal and snack
  • Offer a wide variety of drinks
  • Offer preferred fluids - resident may drink cordial better than water
  • Offer iceblocks/ icecreams/ jellies
     
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