How many residents at your home have a wound?
How many are referred to the Dietitian for nutrition assessment? Is this done routinely?
Firstly, getting the right nutrition reduces the risk of wounds developing. Once a wound is present, nutrition requirements, in particular, protein needs increase significantly.
Using a food first approach is the first step. Commercial supplements may be indicated but it would be best to introduce these on the recommendation of an experienced aged care Dietitian.
How do you ensure the residents are receiving enough protein if they have a wound? Having adequate protein foods at each meal and providing a protein-enriched drink between meals is one way to meet the challenge. Usually, the resident's protein needs are far more than their appetite and a Dietitian opinion is required.
Referring to an aged care Dietitian from NPA can provide a client-centred, nutrition care plan that is both realistic and cost-effective.
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