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Nutrition and wound healing

Nutrition & Wound Healing

Pressure injury prevalence has been reported at 16-23% in combined hospital and residential aged care populations (1,2). Chronic leg ulcers affect 1-3% of people aged over 60years, with incidence increasing up to 5-10% in the 80+ age group. (3,4). Wounds can include pressure ulcers, wounds post-surgery or...

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...

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...

Nutrition and Wound Healing

Nutrition and Wound Healing Pressure injury prevalence has been reported at 16-23% Chronic leg ulcers affect 1-3% of people aged over 60years, with incidence increasing up to 5-10% in the 80+ age group. (3,4). Wounds can include pressure ulcers, wounds post-surgery or trauma and wounds or ulcers...

Choking in Aged Care residents

How To Minimise Choking for Residents

Choking is the second most common preventable cause of death in Australian aged care facilities. In Victoria alone, there were 89 choking deaths between 2000 and 2012, and adults over 85yrs accounted for the majority of deaths. Choking has the potential to cause brain injury and...

Fats in the Diet

Fats in the Diet

The types of fats we eat, what are they, should we be having them, how much, how often??? These are all common questions that leave people feeling confused and unsure of whether or not they are consuming the healthiest diet for their body. There are two...