Jul 20, 2019
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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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Nutrition and Aging-The decline in the senses of taste and smell

Nutrition is vitally important for all age groups but is especially a concern for the elderly population. Proper menu planning is critical for providing the essential nutrients that a resident so desperately needs. Older adults are more likely than younger adults to suffer from, and be concerned about, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. In July … [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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Thermometer Calibration

Foods cooked, stored and held at the proper temperatures do not allow bacteria to grow.  If bacteria do not grow, then people who eat the food will not get food borne illness.  Proper use of a thermometer can help assure that the food prepared in your kitchen is safe to eat.  You have a food … [ Read More ]

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