Apr 9, 2020
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Sweet Treat Alternatives for your Sweetie

Valentine’s day may have your New Year’s resolution put to the test. From the traditional box of chocolates to the chocolate covered cherries your loved one is impressing you with, the holiday sweets just seem to always be present. We should have the opportunity to indulge on a special day, and some sweets can even … [ Read More ]

Winter Wonderful Foods

The long cold days of winter may have you dreaming of summertime foods and outdoor activities but winter also offers a whole host of delicious foods that should be taken advantage of during these cold months. … Other vegetables at their peak in winter include: Sweet potatoes Turnips Snow peas Rutabaga Brussel sprouts Broccoli An easy way to boost up the nutritional value of dinner is in vegetable soup.

Improving Mechanically Altered Diets

As our residents age, they experience changes in their physical and mental abilities which may require alterations in the consistency of their diet. Dysphagia affects anywhere from 35 to 60 percent of elderly people living in long term care facilities. It is important as health care providers to ensure that even though the consistency changes that the … [ Read More ]

Identifying the Need for Feeding Assistance

Identifying the Need for Feeding Assistance Residents in long-term care are encouraged to maintain their independence and feed themselves whenever possible.  There are, however, many reasons why a resident may require feeding assistance.  Depending on the severity of the symptoms, from physical problems such as being unable to hold the fork, to cognitive problems such … [ Read More ]

Protein Intake and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the Elderly Resident

Protein Intake and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the Elderly Resident Can there be too much protein? It has long been recognized that adequate protein intake is needed throughout the life cycle and a necessary nutrient in tissue building and repair. For residents in long-term care facilities, adequate protein intake is a key component in … [ Read More ]

Diabetes Teaching Guidelines

Approximately 6.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that 50% of all persons in the United States who have diabetes are undiagnosed.  Diabetes is the fourth killer in the United States, usually related to coronary heart disease or stroke.  It is the chief cause of blindness, renal failure and amputations … [ Read More ]

Proper Feeding Techniques

Proper Feeding Techniques Long-term care residents should be encouraged to maintain their independence and feed themselves whenever possible. However, there are many reasons why a patient may require feeding assistance.  Physical problems (for example, being unable to hold a fork, tremors that prevent getting spoon to mouth, etc) or cognitive problems (such as just forgetting … [ Read More ]

Prepare for the Baby Boomer Generation

A new group of health care consumers has begun to utilize the services of long term care. These are the Baby Boomers who total approximately 78 million, born between 1946 and 1964. These men and women, some of whom have reached the 60 year mark, are entering nursing facilities for rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery, … [ Read More ]

You Are What You Eat

The old adage, though many would like to believe otherwise, is very true… we are what we eat. One of the main reasons people become overweight or obese is overeating. And for those who eat out frequently, portion size can be a detriment contributing to an unhealthy excess of calories and fat resulting in an … [ Read More ]

Alternate Forms of Hydration in the Summer Months

In these hot summer months, the body is begging for liquids.  But instead of reaching for a glass of water, why not eat a slice of watermelon? A suitable daily allowance for water in adults is 2.5 liters per day, or approximately 2.5 to 3 quarts.  Infants, heavily exercising athletes, the sick, lactating women and … [ Read More ]