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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