Jul 26, 2017
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Food Allergies and Intolerances

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response. The immune response, called an allergic reaction, occurs because the immune system attacks proteins in the food that are normally harmless. The proteins that trigger the reaction are called … [ Read More ]

Hot Weather Menu for Residents

Summertime brings sun and fun along with high temperatures coupled with high humidity. These conditions place a strain on everyone, especially the elderly. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to heat stress and dehydration as they do not adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that … [ Read More ]

Gout and diet management

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Gout is intensely painful swelling of the joints.  It occurs most often in the big toe or other part of the foot and is caused by excess uric acid in the body and the formation of needle-like urate crystals in … [ Read More ]

Nutrition’s Role in Wound Care

As bodies age, organs do not always function as well as they once did. The skin, which is the largest organ of the body, is no exception.  Skin integrity can be compromised by vascular deficiencies, decreased mobility and ability to reposition weight, uncontrolled blood sugars, dehydration and malnutrition, and other comorbidities that come with advancing … [ Read More ]

Attaining Optimal Food Quality for our Residents

We all eat with our eyes whenever we consume food. If the food doesn’t look good, we don’t want to eat it. Attaining the highest food quality is so essential in long term care. There are many residents who may have poor appetites or intakes. Attractive food helps to stimulate their appetite. Remember that the … [ Read More ]

Low Fat diet for the Elderly

A low fat diet is sometimes used for people recovering from a heart attack. But are they necessary for the elderly? There are many times an elderly resident is admitted from the hospital and the transfer diet is “low fat/low cholesterol”. Now comes the sticky part, what if the resident is 85 years old, do … [ Read More ]

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 ]