Nutrition Management for Care Staff

Malnutrition in the Elderly

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<Malnutrition in the Elderly for Care Staff

Test what you have learned from the video in the multiple choice quiz below:

#1. What is NOT a cause of undernutrition in the elderly?

#2. If a resident with diabetes had a poor appetite and 8kg weight loss over 3/12, which of the following nutritional interventions could be used?

#3. ch of the following is the BEST example of components within a HEHP diet?

#4. If a resident is constipated and not eating much, which strategies could be recommended?

#5. By age 70, it is not uncommon to have reduced taste and about a third of tastebuds left compared with at age 30?

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Nutrition and Dementia

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Dementia and Nutrition Handbook for Care Staff

Test what you have learned from the video in the multiple choice quiz below:

#1. What could be contributing factors causing malnutrition?​ Joe is an 89yo male with dementia, of Italian background and has been refusing meals and constantly pacing. He has lost 5kg over the past 2/12 and becomes agitated, looking for his deceased wife. At meal times he eats ¼ to ½ of his meals depending on his level of anxiety and his bowels have not opened for 5/7.

#2. Joe is an 89yo male with dementia, of Italian background and has been refusing meals and constantly pacing. He has lost 5kg over the past 2/12 and becomes agitated, looking for his deceased wife. At meal times he eats ¼ to ½ of his meals depending on his level of anxiety and his bowels have not opened for 5/7.

#3. You observe Joe avoiding his main meal, but eating most of his dessert. He has a sweet tooth, so the best way to assist Joe to eat adequately is to...?

#4. Joe is an 89yoM with dementia, of Italian background and has been refusing meals and constantly pacing. He has lost 5kg over the past 2/12 and becomes agitated, looking for his deceased wife. At meal times he eats ¼ to ½ of his meals depending on his level of anxiety and his bowels have not opened for 5/7.

#5. You observe Joe refusing to drink. Ways to improve his hydration and increase his calorie intake could involve...?

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Nutrition and Special Diets

This module gives clinical staff the detailed knowledge they need to meet the nutritional needs of residents on different special diets. You will have a greater understanding around: Texture modified diets; Diabetic diets; Gluten-free diets; Lactose-free diets; IBS/ Low FODMAP Diet; High protein, high energy and fortified diets; High fibre diets.

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Special Diets in Aged Care for Care Staff

Test what you have learned from the video in the multiple choice quiz below:

#1. What is the effect of High GI foods on Blood Glucose Levels?​

#2. Which two food groups combined should supply 50% daily fibre?​

#3. Which 4 cereal/grain foods contain gluten?

#4. Which enzyme is responsible for breaking down lactose in the gut?​

#5. Which dairy foods have very little lactose and may be tolerated in small amounts?​

#6. When is a High Energy High Protein diet appropriate?

#7. What can be added to soups to increase energy/calories?

#8. If dietary fibre is increased but fluids are not, what symptoms might occur?​

#9. The standard diet is recommended for people with diabetes in aged care?

#10. Cross contamination of gluten free foods with gluten has no effect on residents with coeliac disease?

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Nutrition and Falls Prevention

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Nutrition and Falls Prevention for Care Staff

Test what you have learned from the video in the multiple choice quiz below:

#1. How does malnutrition increase the tendency for falls in the elderly?

#2. The three main nutrients needed for bone health are?

#3. Foods/drinks that would be most beneficial for nutritional management post fall would be?

#4. Research has found that supplementation with Vitamin D has delayed the development of osteoporosis?

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