Jan 20, 2018
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Accurate Weight Measurements

Accuracy with weight measurements is essential for residents in the long-term care setting.  Weight measurement is used to calculate energy, protein and fluid needs. It is used as an indicator of nutritional and health status and changes in weight can often indicate other medical changes.  Inaccurate weight measurements can result in an increased number of … [ Read More ]

When supplements should be considered for a resident

Knowing when to order supplements and when to refrain can be a challenge. Supplements may be a helpful intervention for inadequate intake and weight loss, but can also be costly, ineffective, and potentially harmful if used improperly. Keep the following guidelines in mind when considering the use of a supplement. When to Order: According to … [ Read More ]

Lab Results and Therapeutic Diets

Labs can give healthcare professionals clues about the resident/patient’s condition and can help guide further tests or treatment.   Blood is drawn and the results are reported as numbers which are compared to a reference range or “normal” values.  The results either fall into the reference range or might be above or below the range.  Healthcare … [ Read More ]

Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis (1,2). This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. (1,2) People with emphysema are referred to as “pink puffers” and experience shortness of breath due to a loss of … [ Read More ]

Unintended Weight Loss in the Elderly

Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying, particularly if it’s significant or persistent, may be a sign of an underlying medical disorder (1).  The point at which unexplained weight loss becomes a medical concern is not exact. But many doctors agree a loss of approximately 5 to 10 percent of body weight in the … [ Read More ]

Pancreatitis

The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum, and has two different jobs.  One is that it contains the islets of Langerhans that secrete insulin and glucagon.  The other primary role of the pancreas is the creation of digestive enzymes that it secretes into the small intestine.  Pancreatitis is … [ Read More ]

Controlling blood pressure

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high.  High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard, and the high force of the blood flow can harm arteries and organs. High blood pressure often has … [ Read More ]

Thawing Food Properly and Safely

Developing a preparation and thaw guide for production staff provides guidance to ensure a food product is pulled in advance to thaw under refrigeration. Product density will determine the length of time required to completely thaw. Individual meat patties, chicken pieces, ground meat, fish, and liquid eggs thaw in one to two days while meat … [ Read More ]

Vegetarian Diets

Many people are choosing to eat less meat and opting for a vegetarian diet, especially in recent years.  Reasons for adopting a vegetarian diet include improved health, religious beliefs, ethical reasons, and environmental concerns.  Following a vegetarian diet may decrease the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All … [ Read More ]