May 22, 2019
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CAA (Care Area Assessment) for Nutritional Status

Let’s learn some new acronyms and better understand what is desired in completing the nutritional status Care Area Assessment (CAA).  First step is the completion of the MDS.  The answers given in the MDS (Minimum Data Set) will trigger in different areas in section V.  These are called Care Area Triggers (CATs), and they identify … [ Read More ]

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Oncology and Proper Nutrition

Malnutrition resulting in cachexia is a concern in individuals that are undergoing cancer treatment. It is the lack of sufficient nutrients in one’s body.  Cachexia is the loss of weight, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness and significant loss in appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight. The most common cause of malnutrition … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition and Pressure Injuries

Many clients, including those in the long-term care setting, can be at risk for skin breakdown. These wounds, historically called bed sores, pressure sore, skin alterations, and pressure injuries, can have a large impact on overall health and quality of life. In turn, nutritional status can directly impact on pressure injury healing. As skilled nutrition … [ Read More ]

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Clearing Up Some Acronyms- in the MDS

In long term care, we get conditioned to speaking in acronyms.  Let’s start breaking down our jargon, and start again.   Every professional in long term care has a role in the care of the resident.  As dietitians and dietary managers, we are interested in the nutritional aspect of resident care.   The government created a tool … [ Read More ]

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Food Safety

Foodborne illness is an interchangeable term for foodborne disease, foodborne infection or food poisoning. This umbrella terms defines a disease transmitted to people from food. There are more than 250 foodborne diseases that have been identified through research and they include a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. According to the Center for Disease and … [ Read More ]

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Sensory Impairments and Nutritional Impact

Our sight and hearing are things we often take for granted throughout our daily lives, however with each passing year we may see changes in these. According to the CDC (1), in American’s over the age of 70, one in six suffers from vision impairment, while one in four suffer from hearing impairment, and often … [ Read More ]

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End of Life Nutrition Care

As humans, we eat to give our body nutrients and provide energy in order to be able to carry out daily functions. However, as we age, our hunger and thirst changes throughout life. Ultimately, at the end of life, our body is in the process of shutting down and does not need as much food … [ Read More ]

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Nutritional Adjustments and the Aging Process

Aging is linked to a variety of changes in the body, including muscle loss, thinner skin, and decreased senses. Some of those many changes can lead to nutrient deficiencies while others may affect quality of life. Many older adults don’t need quite as many calories as they used to related to decreased activity and slower … [ Read More ]

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Labeling Food and Date Marking

Storing food properly includes labeling and dating in an efficient method to ensure food is safe to consume and quality is maintained. There are five dates to remember when storing food products. Received Date: A best practice is to date all products when they are delivered to the facility. This is the received date. Remove … [ Read More ]

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Using the Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is an abbreviation used for body mass index and it is calculated from a person’s height and weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) use BMI to define terms like overweight and obese. Someone who is underweight would have a BMI below 18.5; Normal weight is considered 18.5 to 24.9; Overweight would … [ Read More ]

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