Food Solutions Articles

March 24, 2018
How To Minimise Choking for Residents

Choking is the second most common preventable cause of death in Australian aged care facilities. In Victoria alone, there were 89 choking deaths between 2000 and 2012, and adults over 85yrs accounted for the majority of deaths. Choking has the potential to cause brain injury and death due to cardiac arrest within minutes. It is...

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February 23, 2018
Thickened High Protein and Energy Drink

Dysphagia is estimated to affect between 8-67% of residents in residential settings. Of this 43% are more likely to have dementia. Texture-modified foods and thickened drinks are commonly used in dysphagia, to reduce the risks of choking and aspiration. Student project (2017) Student Dietitian: Katrina Bach- Bond University Supervisor: Elizabeth Newsham-West APD Make Your Own...

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January 18, 2018
Fats in the Diet

The types of fats we eat, what are they, should we be having them, how much, how often??? These are all common questions that leave people feeling confused and unsure of whether or not they are consuming the healthiest diet for their body. There are two types of fats we find in food – saturated...

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October 19, 2017
Eating for Optimal Health

Consuming a nutritious diet for optimal health is important at any age but is particularly important for the elderly to maximise independence and quality of life. As we age our nutritional requirements remain high and it is important to have a balanced diet ideally eating food from each of the five food groups while maintaining...

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September 20, 2017
Managing Residents with Tube Feeding

A resident may require tube feeding, or enteral nutrition, if they are unable to consume their meals orally. This may be due to reasons such as stroke, oral cancers or gastrointestinal complications. They will receive a liquid drink through a tube which passes directly to their stomach or small intestine. A resident may rely solely...

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July 19, 2017
Peas, Please?

For residents on Soft Texture A diet, many foods can be modified so they are in line with the texture requirements without needing to reduce the balance and variety in their meals. However, there are some foods that are unable to be adequately modified to be compliant with the Soft Texture Diet placing the resident...

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June 20, 2017
Nutritional Management of Residents Receiving Dialysis

Nutritional management of residents undergoing dialysis should be a priority in any aged care facility. Kidney disease affects a large number of Australians, approximately 1.7 million. As kidney disease progresses a number of these people will require dialysis. Dialysis is needed to remove waste from the blood, restore the balance of electrolytes and remove excess fluid when the...

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May 16, 2017
Nutrition and Hydration in Palliative Care, within Aged Care

Both speech pathologists and dietitians spend much of their time finding ways to improve or sustain a resident's nutrition and hydration as safely as possible. However there are a large number of clients and residents whose goals do not revolve around maintenance of nutrition and hydration but instead focus on quality of life and comfort....

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April 13, 2017
Are there alternatives to Commercial Nutrition Supplements?

Commercial nutrition supplements will always have their place in residential aged care facilities to help promote optimal nutritional status in those residents who are managing very little variety in their diet and are unable to maintain their weight through food intake. However, there are strategies your facility can implement to help control costs with no disadvantage to residents.

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April 13, 2017
Nutritional management of Huntingtons Disease

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disease which is currently incurable.  At present about 1600 Australians live with this disease. Those with HD have a build-up of the ‘Huntingtin’ protein in their brains.  This damages nerve cells in the frontal lobe and basal ganglia, affecting neurological function.

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