May 22, 2019
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Keeping Trim Throughout the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of excitement for all of us when we are surrounded by family and friends. Along with great company, the holidays are synonymous with our favorite foods. Below are some tips to avoid increasing your waistline while still enjoying all of your favorite foods! Stay hydrated: people often confuse thirst … [ Read More ]

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Holiday Food Safety

As the holidays approach we like to celebrate by entertaining friends and family, throwing parties, and preparing feasts. From the buffet table to the office party, food moves center stage throughout the holiday season. Food safety is the most important ingredient in preparing food for the holidays. Be sure to keep food safe by following … [ Read More ]

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Accurate Weight Measurements – a MUST HAVE for LTC!

Accurate Weight Measurements – a MUST HAVE for LTC! Accuracy of weight measurements is essential to the nutrition assessment of a resident in long-term care and sets the stage for nutrition intervention.  Weight measurement is used to calculate energy, protein and fluid needs; used as an indicator of nutritional and health status over time as … [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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Hydration

Next to oxygen, water is the nutrient most needed for life. A person can live without food for a month, but most people can survive only three or four days without water. Water helps you to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from … [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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The Hospitality Concept and Health Care Food Service

The long term care industry provides meal services to thousands of residents daily.  Providing a meal service that complies with state and federal regulations can be daunting.  It is easy to get so caught up with meeting regulations and day to day operations that the overall goals of the food service department become lost.  The … [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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