With the limitations of COVID19, we are now delivering our highly regarded 2-day Improving Nutrition Seminars over 10 live web events!
Yesterday, we presented the first Module (of 10) and will be continuing to present the next 9 each fortnight.
While we have found the IT a little daunting, COVID 19 has made us move out of our comfort zone and we are loving the challenge.
The result - more accessible and more affordable evidence-based nutrition information for all staff working in the aged care sector. The final result - a better quality of life for our residents.
Our current program is completely sold out and we have just set the next one to commence on Thursday 30 July.
Message your email address to me and we can send you the link when it's live....but be quick as we will have limited places!
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!
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.
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.