Food Solutions Articles

June 13, 2019
Are You Ready to Implement IDDSI?

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) officially rolled out on 1st May 2019. There are some significant changes involved with the IDDSI framework when compared to the previous Australian Standards, so it is important that your site is completely ready. IDDSI Education Have all staff including food service, care staff, clinical staff and lifestyle...

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April 17, 2019
Nutrition and Wound Healing

Nutrition and Wound Healing Pressure injury prevalence has been reported at 16-23% 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 of Diabetes. The presence of...

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March 21, 2019
IDDSI Implementation Advice

IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) is being implemented from May 1st 2019. IDDSI provides a standardised framework for the terminology and definitions for modified diets and thickened fluids. There are many differences between the current Australian Standards and IDDSI. IDDSI Implementation Advice #1 – Bread is only suitable for residents on a regular diet....

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February 13, 2019
A Speech Pathologists Role in Palliative and End of Life Care in Aged Care Facilities.

Speech pathologists can play a crucial role in facilitating and optimising communication and mealtime experiences in a persons journey through the end stages of their life. As a person enters the Palliative or end of life stages, speech pathology involvement typically transitions from a rehabilitative approach towards facilitating and optimising quality of life. The phycho-social,...

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December 17, 2018
Swallowing and COPD

People who have respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) face a number of difficulties. One common but not often discussed difficulty is with swallowing or ‘dysphagia’. Why might swallowing be a problem? Swallowing is a fast and complex process which involves the careful coordination of breathing and the temporary closing off of...

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November 14, 2018
Diabetes in Aged Care – more than just BGLs

As we all know, aged care is a very different specialty area to other areas of dietetics and as such, our practices tend to run by different recommendations and guidelines. The management of residents with diabetes no different. What is diabetes? There are two main types of diabetes, in which either of the following occur;...

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October 9, 2018
Shining the Sunlight on Vitamin D for Older Adults

Deserving of focus is vitamin D, which is important for a number of functions, including maintaining bone health and decreasing risk of osteoporosis and osteomalacia, immune function, helping to maintain healthy skin, and maintaining muscle strength. Severe vitamin D deficiency may cause bone and muscle pain in addition to weakness, which may mean exercise will...

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September 6, 2018
Diabetes Management in Aged Care Facilities

Optimal nutrition is fundamental to supporting quality of life and encouraging the best possible health outcomes in the aged care population. Undernutrition is generally more of a concern than over-nutrition in this population group and therefore restricted diets are not recommended for the aged unless absolutely necessary.

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June 19, 2018
Elderspeak in Dementia – a changed quality of communication?

Have you considered how you speak to residents living in your facility and especially those with a diagnosis of dementia? Research tells us that our communication may not be aligned with best practice. Elderspeak is a term that refers to the change in communication style that occurs between older adults and their families and carers....

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May 20, 2018
Calculating BMI

A resident’s nutritional status/diagnosis is important to assess within Aged Care. There is no one clinical tool or measure used but a number of measures are considered in conjunction, when making a judgement on nutritional status. These include the nutritional screening tool, food diary and the monthly weighs used to assess weight loss and calculate...

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