May 29, 2017
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Care Plans Made Easy

The care planning process in long term care can seem like a daunting task as the care plans must be individualized and follow state and federal regulations as well as current standards of practice but also be user friendly.  The more the individual is kept in focus, however, the easier the mission becomes.  Care plans … [ Read More ]

Cancer and Nutritional Interventions

Good nutrition – eating a variety of foods that gives the body the nutrients it needs- is an important part of cancer treatment in helping to keep up strength and energy, maintain weight and the body’s store of nutrients, and lower the risk of infection, however cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side … [ Read More ]

Electronic Medical Charting for the Dietitian

Paper medical charts are becoming a thing of the past in many facilities. While there are still facilities that may be using an actual chart to hold all the resident’s medical information, many are converting or are already “paper-less”. Electronic medical charting has many benefits for the dietitian and has become a welcome change! One … [ Read More ]

The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has become an epidemic around the world and the number of obese adults is expected to continue to grow.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than one third of U.S. adults are obese and approximately 12.7 million (17%) of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese. Obesity related diseases, including … [ Read More ]

Kidney disease and diet restrictions

When a renal diet is ordered, just what does this mean?  In long term care, the restrictions are liberalized.  The diet may be interpreted as general (or regular), no added salt with a limit of 1 cup/day, high protein, low potassium which means no oranges, orange juice, bananas, tomato/prune juice or baked potato.  Also, a … [ Read More ]

Preventing dehydration in older adults

According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, dehydration is the most common fluid and electrolyte disorder in the elderly with a prevalence of 20-40%.The elderly are at a high risk for dehydration related to a decreased sense of thirst, fear of being incontinent, swallow difficulties and gastrointestinal disorders just to name a few. … [ Read More ]

National Nutrition Month ®2017: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”

National Nutrition Month® is upon us again.  Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month ®, a campaign aimed at increasing the public’s attention to the importance of good nutrition by the education and promotion of informed food choices, healthy lifestyle and physical activity. As a reminder that each … [ Read More ]

There is no such thing as survey mode

The best way to prepare for the annual state survey is to have properly trained staff that does their job to the best of their ability each day. The dietary department plays an essential role in the health and well-being of residents in a long term care setting, therefore complying with regulations year round is … [ Read More ]

Tube Feeding Calculations in Long Term Care

A tube feeding is a medical device that is used to provide nutrition to a resident who may not be able to obtain proper nutrition orally or not able to swallow properly or safely. A feeding tube may be permanent or temporary for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions. Once a resident is either … [ Read More ]

The Growing Demand for Telenutrition

Have you started to wonder how Telehealth might play a role in your current Nutrition Services? As we are seeing the emerging influence technology has within various healthcare settings, Telenutrition is one area of Telehealth that is proving to be valuable to both patients and providers. According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, Telehealth … [ Read More ]