Ensuring good nutrition in aged care is so much more than providing great food, writes Ngaire Hobbins.
Aged care facilities should aim to offer flexible dining options and special days, such as barbecues, themed or cultural meals and birthday gatherings, as much as possible, says a leading aged care dietitian.
Building on her first book Eat to Cheat Ageing, dietitian Ngaire Hobbins combines the complex science of brain health with practical nutrition advice in companion book Eat to Cheat Dementia.
AUDIO: Aged care workers need to educate their clients that the nutritional needs of an ageing body are the same as a younger person, and in fact seniors need greater quantities of protein and some other nutrients.
Aged care providers, allied health professionals, researchers and trainers are gearing up to discuss the challenges around meeting new wellness requirements at the Active Ageing Conference next week.
With up to 30 per cent of seniors living at home at risk of malnutrition, community care staff must encourage clients to eat properly in order to prevent falls and unnecessary hospitalisations, an expert will tell the upcoming Active Ageing Conference.
It is essential that community care workers are aware of the signs of malnutrition and that they deliver positive food messages to their clients, writes Ngaire Hobbins.