Nutrition in Aged Care
Eating and drinking is basic to sustaining life. Withdrawing food and fluids leads to starvation and dehydration and death ensues fairly quickly as bodily processes shut down due to lack of fuel and fluids. However, despite the essential role of nutrition and hydration in sustaining life, it is not unusual to find that nutrition is a low priority in residential aged-care facilities. Most facilities have other clinical concerns that apparently take priority, although clinical outcomes improve significantly when proper attention is paid to nutritional needs. This chapter examines how paying careful attention to the nutritional needs of older person in your care will lead to improved quality of life, sense of wellbeing and even improved clinical outcomes.
- Nutritional assessment
- Anthropometric measures
- Eating patterns and behaviours
- Nutritional issues in aged care facilities
- Texture modified diets