Dietary fibre is the indigestible part of plant foods, such as fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Fibre adds bulk to our stools, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in our bowel, and also acts a sponge, absorbing fluid to soften the stools. There are two types of dietary fibre: soluble and insoluble fibre.[…]
As people age, it is common to require more assistance during mealtimes. Losing the ability to eat and drink independently can have a huge impact on overall nutritional intake and quality of life. There are a number of ways we can assist those in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) with eating and drinking to maintain[…]
Poor nutrition in the elderly can result in a number of complications, including weight and muscle loss, reduced mobility, infections, and poor skin integrity. These complications increase the risk of residents developing pressure injuries and wounds. Nutrition plays an essential role in wound healing, and should be considered as a fundamental part of wound management[…]
Mid meal snacks are a fantastic way to achieve adequate nutrition and hydration in aged care residents. Many mid meal snacks provide a good source of calories and additional protein, as well as assisting with increasing fluid intake. For residents with a small appetite or who have lost weight, mid meal snacks create additional opportunities[…]
With winter finally coming to an end and warmer weather approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the transition into the new seasonal menu for residential aged care facilities (RACFs). The change in seasons creates a wonderful opportunity to provide residents with fresh ideas and updated meals on their menus. At the start of any[…]
Food first interventions are strategies that utilise real food and fluid to assist in the management of weight loss and malnutrition in aged care. These interventions are particularly effective for residents who are losing weight, malnourished, have a low body weight, or a small appetite. In comparison to commercial oral nutritional supplements, food first interventions[…]
Weight loss, malnutrition, and their associated complications are commonly reported issues in residential aged care facilities (RACF), with malnutrition impacting an estimated 40-70% of residents in Australian RACF. As a result, an increasing reliance on oral nutritional supplements has developed in order to assist in promoting weight gain in residents who are underweight, or unable[…]
This video focuses on the provision of nutrition to Residential Aged care and Private Hospital patients suffering from dementia. This video covers the key issues facing the provision of nutrition to these patients as well as providing general advice as to how best to ensure they receive the nutrition they deserve.
Practical tips for the preparation and provision of thickened fluids. The provision of thickened fluids is required for patients suffering dysphagia, a term used to describe a swallowing disorder. There are serious consequences of providing someone with dysphagia an inappropriate fluid. This article covers the three main consistencies of fluids and the properties of each.
This video provides some insights and key considerations for the provision of smooth pureed food within the residential Aged Care and Private Hospital sectors. This video highlights the importance of correctly provisioning smooth pureed food to residential aged care and private hospital patients.