Opportunities for greater learning wealth in Health and Aged Care
Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC
The time has come for us to get nutrition in our elderly right. One of the highest considerations for patient care and comfort in Aged Care is nutrition. Unsurprisingly this needs to be managed with a personalised approach as needs are individual and vary in complexity.
Poor nutrition within aged care facilities costs the nation a staggering $2 billion a year. Malnourished older Australians are at a greater risk of hospital admissions, broken bones and diabetes that results in premature admission to aged care facilities.
In February 2019, The Royal Commission into Aged Care proceedings detailed;
"We know that nutrition can be an issue as people get older as well and adequate nutrition, if people develop, for example, problems with swallowing, then actually obtaining adequate nutrition without the input of dietetics and nursing staff can be difficult as well as working towards patients or people’s preference around what sort of modifications to diet and hydration that they have."
Muscles used for the act of swallowing deteriorate as you get older and when we look at conditions associated with this, such as stroke, neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease and dementia, the issues are widespread. Challenges with swallowing can also be a side effect of medications. Therefore, it is critical that our workers know how to manage the discomfort that is caused by a combination of medical conditions, ageing and reversible causes of Dysphagia associated with swallowing.
Learn more from our subject matter experts from UniSA, Dr Evangeline Mantzioris, Program Director for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences Program in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and Dr Giordana Cross, Senior Lecturer. Our short on campus video stresses the need for personalised nutritional programs in the elderly.
Kineo’s affordable Healthcare course bundles, compiled from popular need-to-know-now topics (including the likes of Texture Modified Diets) make it easy to access and upskill.