Food Solutions Articles

January 19, 2021
Nutrition & Wound Healing

Pressure injury prevalence has been reported at 16-23% in combined hospital and residential aged care populations (1,2). Chronic leg ulcers affect 1-3% of people aged over 60years, with incidence increasing up to 5-10% in the 80+ age group. (3,4). Wounds can include pressure ulcers, wounds post-surgery or trauma and wounds or ulcers as a result...

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October 21, 2020
How to Care for Residents with Aphasia

Communication problems associated with hearing loss and dementia are very common for residents living in aged care facilities and 95% of residents live with at least one communication disorder. Aphasia is a complex condition not widely known in the community, however, it can cause devastating communication loss. It is a language disorder that can occur...

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September 17, 2020
Food Borne Illness in Aged Care

Aged care residents are a vulnerable group of the population at higher risk of food borne illness. Consequently, it is vital that all aged care facilities are following standard 3.3.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This month we explore the topic of food borne illness in more detail. By considering the following...

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August 12, 2020
Testing and Optimising Nutrition on a Liquidised Diet

Texture modified diets are often recommended for people who have difficulty chewing or swallowing because they require less chewing. They hold together and move more slowly through the mouth and throat, thus allowing more time for airway protection. These diets allow people to continue to eat balanced, nutritious meals. Texture modified diets may also be...

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June 12, 2020
Nutrition and Bowel Health in Aged Care

As we age, bowel health assumes a greater importance for a number of reasons, including: increased prevalence of constipation, incontinence, bowel obstruction and other bowel disorders. Bowel regularity varies for everyone. For some individuals, bowel motions occur daily, while for others, every second or third day is “normal” for them. Constipation should be diagnosed based...

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May 20, 2020
Taste Changes and Ageing

It is often said that we eat with or through our eyes. The same can be said of taste and smell. Eating involves 2 senses working together – taste and smell. Your taste buds identify flavour – sweet, salty, sour, bitter. Your sense of smell allows enjoyment of food via the aroma. If your sense...

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March 12, 2020
Coughing? Choking? What's The Difference?

Often the terms coughing and choking are used interchangeably, but in fact they are two quite different things. Coughing noisy Coughing is a noisy (sometimes dramatic), natural response to something irritating a person’s airway, such as inflammation or mucous from a cold, virus, food particles or fluid (even saliva) or an irritant in the air....

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January 23, 2020
Maximising Your Speech Pathology Referrals

A Speech Pathologist’s role in the Aged Care Setting is primarily focused on dysphagia (difficulties chewing and swallowing food and drink), and ensuring our residents are safe during all oral intake. It is a Speech Pathologist’s goal to consider not just the difficulties a resident may be having, but their cognitive abilities, insight, and quality...

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November 22, 2019
Menu Planning in Aged Care

Food and nutrition impacts on the physical and functional needs of residents in aged care and contributes to quality of life. It is important for aged care facilities to maximise enjoyment from food while minimising malnutrition. For many residents the food provided by an aged care home is their only source of food and drink....

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July 18, 2019
The Importance of Hydration for Aged Care

With the cooler temperatures now upon us, we may find that we do not drink as much water as we would in the summer months. However, the cooler temperatures are not a reason to reduce water intake. It is important to stay well hydrated to enable your body to work at its best and it...

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