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nutrition and bowel health

Nutrition and Bowel Health in Aged Care

As we age, bowel health assumes a greater importance for a number of reasons, including: increased prevalence of constipation, incontinence, bowel obstruction and other bowel disorders. Bowel regularity varies for everyone. For some individuals, bowel motions occur daily, while for others, every second or third day...

Taste Changes and Ageing

It is often said that we eat with or through our eyes. The same can be said of taste and smell. Eating involves 2 senses working together – taste and smell. Your taste buds identify flavour – sweet, salty, sour, bitter. Your sense of smell allows...

coughing or choking

Coughing? Choking? What’s The Difference?

Often the terms coughing and choking are used interchangeably, but in fact they are two quite different things. Coughing noisy Coughing is a noisy (sometimes dramatic), natural response to something irritating a person’s airway, such as inflammation or mucous from a cold, virus, food particles or fluid...

Speech Pathology Referrals

Maximising Your Speech Pathology Referrals

A Speech Pathologist’s role in the Aged Care Setting is primarily focused on dysphagia (difficulties chewing and swallowing food and drink), and ensuring our residents are safe during all oral intake. It is a Speech Pathologist’s goal to consider not just the difficulties a...

menu planning for aged care

Menu Planning in Aged Care

Food and nutrition impacts on the physical and functional needs of residents in aged care and contributes to quality of life. It is important for aged care facilities to maximise enjoyment from food while minimising malnutrition. For many residents the food provided by an...