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Fats in the Diet

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...

peas in aged care diet

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...

Sodium Intake of Residents

Sodium or salt is a necessary inclusion in the diet of all Australians.  It is needed by the body to help regulate fluid levels.  Unfortunately the average person consumes around three times as much salt as is needed to maintain good health.  It is recommended by the NHMRC and Heart Foundation that on average, people consume less than 1 ½ teaspoons of salt each day.  A diet high in salt has the potential to contribute to high blood pressure which is a risk factor for kidney disease and cardiovascular diet.  Many foods (wholegrains, meat, dairy) naturally contain small amounts of sodium and therefore it is rare that salt needs to be intentionally added to the diet to achieve the recommended intake.

The scoop about thickened fluids

Most residential aged care facilities (RACFs) have a relatively large stock of thickened fluids. With approximately 68% of residents having dysphagia, many resident require thickened fluids to maintain their pulmonary health. Some sites prefer to use fluids that are pre-thickened, which generally improves the accuracy of the thickness the resident receives.  However the majority of RACFs will have some form of thickening powder on-site. This allows any drink to be made to any of the 3 thickness levels (mildly, moderately or extremely thick).

Diabetes in Aged Care

Recent research shows that up to one quarter of aged care residents have diabetes.  Diabetes is characterised by the body’s  reduced ability to control blood glucose levels (BGL) with poorly controlled diabetes having the potential to result in side effects such as poor would healing, pressure ulcers, weight loss, chronic infections, cognitive decline and increased risk of falls.  Glucose is however, an essential energy source for the body and therefore needs to be included in the diet in moderation.  Carbohydrate foods such as breads and cereals, rice, pasta, potato, dairy, fruit, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, juices, etc all breakdown to form glucose/sugar.