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Keep up to date with Nutrition Solutions Tasmania’s latest news and events by browsing our blog below.

Get involved in the conversation by sharing our blog content or if you’re interested in learning more about how we’re continuing to improve the lives of Tasmanians through balanced nutrition services, get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

Optimal nutrition is more than just what you are eating

Nutrition has the power to a better quality of life through what we're eating and also through how we’re eating.

Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers a range of dietetics services to allow you and your residents to get the best out of your food service by looking at both the food provided and the mealtime experience. Get in touch today to find out more.
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3 days ago  ·  

Does your menu promote good bowel health?

Two out of three aged care residents struggle with bowel movements, which can lead to a resident self-restricting their food intake out of fear. Which is why it's key to ensure residents are getting adequate fibre and fluid, to prevent any avoidable discomfort. This is easily managed with a planned menu, or a menu audit to identify any problems.

On average we need 25-30 grams of fibre per day and 6-8 cups of water. Though it may seem small, across age groups most people don’t meet this, and suffer as a result. Simply accounting for these nutrition requirements can prevent a wide range of bowel-related issues and the emotional consequences they may have.

Get in touch today to find out how our menu auditing and creation services can help your residents!
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1 week ago  ·  

Welcome back to our families!

We’re glad to see residents being able to see their loved ones again, as restrictions ease across the country.

Family plays just as a big a role in a resident’s health as the facility they’re in. Family can play a pivotal role in ensuring residents stay on track with their health goals. After all, there’s nothing more powerful than having support from the people we love.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Why pick Nutrition Solutions Tasmania for your facility?

Our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians have their fingers on the pulse of our local community and it's needs. We understand the way Tasmania differs from other states, and we're dedicated to facilitating the best outcome for our community's health.

Results delivered quickly and efficiently, with a local focus. Get in touch today to find out more about what Nutrition Solutions Tasmania can do for you.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

What is a menu assessment and why is it important?

A menu assessment allows us to better understand and cater to residents and their nutritional needs. This doesn't only include the food itself, but the flexibility of time, portion size and diet as well as using food to create a positive experience each day for residents to look forward to.

What actually ends up on the plate is only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to a menu, which is why it's important to have an APD to help with the process, to get the best outcome for you and your residents.
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3 weeks ago  ·  

Why is it important to have an Accredited Practising Dietitian on hand?

Expert dietary advice is a simple yet effective way to get the best
health outcomes for your residents. It also enables you to efficiently
manage your budget.

Something as simple as ongoing consultations will allow you to:

- Develop systems to identify potential at-risk residents.
- Manage on-going and chronic conditions while maintaining the overall health
of all residents.

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3 weeks ago  ·  

We support older Tasmanians to maintain their independence.

Residents in aged care are often at a point in their life where their bodies and abilities are changing in a way which is very unfamiliar to them. Which is why it's key that they're provided with the support they need to stay healthy and confident.

Regular, consistent consultations allow us to support residents to the best of our abilities. It also means we can help them to navigate changes as they occur, so they can maintain their quality of life and independence.

Get in touch today to find out more!
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3 weeks ago  ·  

Options are important. Why?

Because for many people in aged care facilities, a lack of options in food can make mealtimes a chore as opposed to a time for them to enjoy.

Providing options allows residents to pick what visually appeals to them. This makes mealtimes something to look forward to. It creates a sense of independence which many residents fear they may lose in aged care. We know that isn’t the case, and we want everyone to know it too.

Mealtimes provide an incredible opportunity to improve social, emotional and physical wellbeing, so let's make the most of it.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

How well are you managing residents’ hydration?

Dehydration can be the root cause of a lot of easily preventable issues, from urinary tract infections to low blood pressure. If you're looking to increase your residents’ fluid intake, our suggestions would be:

• Identify each resident’s preferences for type and temperature of beverages.
• Observe, record, and monitor their consumption of fluids to assess if each resident is drinking enough
• Provide small amounts of fluid more frequently, rather than infrequent offerings of large amounts of fluids
• Offer a wide variety of beverage flavours, especially for those on thickened fluids.
• Try introducing a special drink on days of the week to promote fluid intake

Our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians also offer hydration audit services to make sure your residents are getting the best care possible.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

The importance of being flexible.

As we age our appetites change, but as with all things, this differs greatly from person to person. Which is why it's key to ensure you're offering flexibility. From portion sizes to mealtime and frequency, flexibility plays a major role in ensuring the health of every one of your residents.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

What are the benefits of having a dietitian?

Consulting with an Accredited Practising Dietitian can have a wide variety of benefits, not only for your residents but the facility at large. As well as ensuring the health of your residents, an Accredited Practising Dietitian can also lead to decreased costs through food waste and/or labour savings, reduced risk of malnutrition, injury and further health complications for residents.

Get in touch today to find out what Nutrition Solutions Tasmania’s range of services can do for you and your facility.
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1 month ago  ·  

The importance of making meals manageable

Sitting down for meals can be challenging for many people with impaired mobility and cognitive decline which can impact on a person’s dignity.

Which is why it is key that we're able to work with providers to ensure meals are produced in a manageable form or make allowances in meal times to ensure those residents not only stay healthy but comfortable in their space.

Get in touch today to find out more about our range of nutrition and menu services, to ensure your residents maintain their best quality of life.
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1 month ago  ·  

Make every mouthful count

Maximising the nutrition content of food is a simple step we can take to ensure residents are meeting their nutrition requirements each day. From portion size for different meals, cooking techniques and small additions to meals, there are many simple ways to ensure the food being served up to residents can achieve a high nutrition value without increasing portion sizes or making bland, unappetising food.

Our menu audit and nutrition systems services can provide you and your team with the tools you need to ensure you can provide the best care for your residents
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1 month ago  ·  

Hydration is a key part of your health and wellbeing, no matter what age you are.

Water not only acts as a hydrator but a coolant, lubricant and a transport agent in the body. And while dehydration is a serious concern for all, the concern increases with age.

Dehydration can lead to impaired cognitive function, leading to functional decline and risk of injury. Much like appetite, thirst often decreases with age. So it’s key that we’re ensuring residents are getting all the hydration they need, whether that be from fluid intake or food, to maintain their health and quality of life.

Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers hydration audit services to ensure residents are getting the hydration need in order to maintain their quality of life. Get in touch today to find out more.
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1 month ago  ·  

You might be surprised at what we can offer

At Nutrition Solutions Tasmania, our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians offer a range of services to ensure that your residents can achieve the best quality of life while sticking to your budget.

By utilising our experience from a range of different sectors, knowledge and local insight, we ensure our clients timely and reliable results, with the most effective pricing.

Get in touch today to find out how our team can help your facility.
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1 month ago  ·  

What is the best way to manage diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition which can be hard to manage at the best of times, but for older people, proper management is crucial in order to minimise the risk of complications.

Diabetes management differs not only between age group, but individual to individual. It largely depends on their level of health, comorbidities and any complications they may face as a result of diabetes itself. Like the management of any other chronic disease, a management plan is key to improving a person’s quality of life. While individual management is important, recipe modification can lower the GI of the entire menu or snacks benefitting all residents.

If you or your staff are looking to ensure you’re creating the best plan for your residents, or looking to improve your menu, Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers a range of services which can help.

Get in touch today to find out more.
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2 months ago  ·  

With Flu season in full swing and COVID-19 still very much a part of our lives it's important, now more than ever, that we're ensuring our aged care residents are at the best health they can be.

Good nutritional care will ensure they have the means to support a range of bodily systems, as well as help to manage the risk of further illness, injury or loss of day to day capacity. Our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians offer a range of services, from individual consultations to menu and or systems audits in order to ensure residents are getting the best possible care.

Get in touch today to find out more.
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2 months ago  ·  

Why is meal size important?

Many residents’ appetites will decrease with age. However, their need for nutrients does not. Malnutrition is a major problem faced by aged care facilities, as it can be hard to strike a balance between portion sizes residents can manage, and ensure they get all the nutrients they need. We work with providers to increase the nutrient density of the meals they provide without increasing the amount residents need to eat so meals are achievable, enjoyable and nutritious.

Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers a range of nutrition services to ensure your residents are getting the best nutrition plan for them in a package tailored for you. Get in touch today to find out more.
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2 months ago  ·  

With many aged care residents diagnosed with depression, ensuring the social and emotional wellbeing of residents is crucial to maintaining their quality of life.

Regular, high-quality meals give residents something to look forward to during the day, and a chance to socialise with fellow residents (where possible!). It also allows them the energy they need to take part in other social activities throughout the day.

High-quality nutrition has a knock-on effect, which goes much further than physical health.

Get in touch today to find out more about our range of nutrition services.
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2 months ago  ·  

When it comes to providing meals residents can and enjoy and look forward to, the food itself isn't the only factor.

Having mealtimes which are flexible and relaxed, means residents are allowed the time they need to eat their meal at their own pace, while enjoying the company of others where possible. An enjoyable mealtime often means improved intake and better nutrition
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2 months ago  ·  

We and other Tasmanian businesses working in the healthcare industry are heartbroken by what is happening to our state right now, especially in the North-West. So we urge you to make sure you're looking after yourselves and staying safe.

Stay at home, wash your hands, check in on those who are more vulnerable to make sure they're okay. We can overcome this, but we can only do it together.
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2 months ago  ·  

Building trust with not only our facilities, but residents as well, is at the core of our business, which is why we believe consistency is key.

Regular consistent visits not only allows us to better manage and prevent residents’ health issues but build a relationship which allows residents to feel more comfortable and at ease.
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2 months ago  ·  

Though we are firm believers in a food first approach to nutrition, nutrition supplements can be a useful aid for improving the nutrition status of residents.

Oral supplements can help to manage weight, and improve protein and energy intake, which helps to manage the health of residents who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Improving their quality of life overall.

Looking to audit your current supplement system? Get in contact with our Accredited Practising Dietitians.
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2 months ago  ·  

Food doesn’t just have the obvious nutrition and health benefits, it's also an incredible tool for social and emotional wellbeing. Providing residents with choice when it comes to mealtimes is a simple way to ensure they feel they still have a sense of autonomy and self-identity.
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2 months ago  ·  

Protein is essential in any diet, but when it comes to the elderly it's especially significant. A protein-rich diet will assist in maintaining muscle mass, weight, increasing day-to-day function and overall quality of life.

Food such as yoghurts, eggs, fish, poultry, nuts, grains and beans are easy to incorporate into menus in order to better meet residents’ nutrition needs.
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2 months ago  ·  

Local, knowledgeable, with a people-first approach. Nutrition Solutions Tasmania’s team of Accredited Practicing Dietitians are here to get you the results you need.

Get in contact today to find out more.
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2 months ago  ·  

When was the last time you audited your menu? Did you implement all the recommendations? Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers services from menu and dining audits, to nutrition policy and strategy in order to keep your facility on track.

Good nutrition and dietetic care for our residents is more important than ever, get in touch today to out more about Nutrition Solution Tasmania’s services.
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3 months ago  ·  

Food can act as a key part of boosting not only nutrition but social connection! Living separately from family and friends in isolation can be hard. So having good food to enjoy and look forward to, while simple, can improve quality of life, as well as mental and physical health, especially in times like these.
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3 months ago  ·  

In times like these where most residents are isolated not only from their friend and loved ones, good food can play a major role in keeping their spirits up and health on track.

A good meal acts as something to look forward to during the day, as well as a way of putting our best foot forward in maintaining their health. Get in touch to make sure your residents are nourished in every way.
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3 months ago  ·  

Australian adopted the IDDSI guidelines almost 12 months ago, so all facilities should be comfortable with using IDDSI. Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers both IDDSI education and auditing.

Get in touch today to ensure your facility is up to date.
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3 months ago  ·  

We’re glad to see the Australian government dedicating $101.2 million to help the aged care sector manage the threat of COVID-19.

This package will go towards;
• Up-skilling aged care workers in infection control
• Enabling residential and home aged care providers to hire extra nurses and aged care workers
• Providing onsite pathology services for residents

During these times, every little bit helps.
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3 months ago  ·  

The Australian Department of Health has released a free 30-minute online course for aged care workers on how to minimise the risk of COVID-19 within their facilities. The course will give aged and health care workers the means to:
- Understand the basics of COVID-19 virus, including how it spreads
- Describe what you can do to protect yourself and others
- Know what to do if you develop symptoms
- Know what do if a person you are caring for develops symptoms
- Tell the difference between the myths and facts of COVID-19

With so much information around on COVID-19 it is important to make sure you are getting it from the right sources.
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3 months ago  ·  

Our services are key to ensuring the health of elderly residents, especially in times like these. As the situation around COVID-19 continues to unfold we are committed to continuing to provide services to facilities, with additional precautions in place. We can offer our services online, via teleconference. This way facilities and residents get the vital care they need without the risk that may come with going into facilities.

Whether you are a regular client of ours, or just need a hand, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our goal is to see that residents have the best quality of life, which means ensuring their safety as much as providing the best nutrition care.

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3 months ago  ·  

Ensuring residents are comfortable in all parts of their life in aged care is crucial. Which is why consistency is key when it comes to health care. Consistent, regular visits allow residents to feel comfortable with those involved in their healthcare and lives.
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3 months ago  ·  

Looking to better your resources? Our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians at Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offer services to better develop your resources. Saving you both time and money, all the while increasing the level of service for your residents.

Want to know more about Nutrition Solutions Tasmania resource development services? Get in touch today.
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3 months ago  ·  

Enteral feeding for residents can be hard to manage without a thorough understanding of the requirements. Which is why our Accredited Practising Dietitians offer a range of enteral feed management and recommendation services to ensure your residents are receiving the best care available.

Get in touch today to find out what Nutrition Solutions Tasmania can do for you.
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3 months ago  ·  

Without accreditation, no aged care facility can run. Which is why knowing what accreditation entails and the processes you need to have in place is crucial.

Get in touch with Nutrition Solutions Tasmania to find out more about our accreditation services.
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3 months ago  ·  

As well as improved health, our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians are dedicated to improving experiences around food. Why? Because what we eat doesn’t only impact our physical health, but our mental health as well. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago  ·  

When was the last time you reviewed your Nutrition Policy? You must ensure that your Nutrition Policy is not only up to date, but caters to your residents’ individual needs.

Looking to create your nutrition policy and strategy? Or have it reviewed to provide the best care for your residents? Get in touch with Nutrition Solutions Tasmania today.
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4 months ago  ·  

At Nutrition Solutions Tasmania, our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians believe in creating meal plans which allow residents to meet their nutritional needs and live their lives to fullest.

Book a consultation today!
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4 months ago  ·  

Consistency is key when it comes to having a meaningful impact. Having a carousel of people looking after residents is never going to benefit anyone. From time spent getting acquainted with a resident and their needs, to the impact it can have on residents dealing with constant unfamiliar faces, inconsistency leads to inefficiency.

This is why we recommend our clients book consistent regular consultations. This not only saves time and money, but allows residents and their families to feel safe in familiar hands.
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4 months ago  ·  

From reduced mobility to poor skin integrity, poor nutrition is the key issue the elderly face when it comes to health, due to the way it impacts every other aspect of their wellbeing.

Our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians offer a range of services to help, from menu audits to nutrition strategy and review. As well as one-on-one consultations addressing residents’ needs to ensure their best quality of life.
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4 months ago  ·  

With the current scare of coronavirus, it can bring home fears about what would happen if it came to your facility. Situations like this are a great opportunity to review procedures around illness and put strategies into place to be preventative rather than reactive. So, if the worst does happen - you are prepared. Nutrition Solutions Tasmania has a coronavirus plan that allows us to continue providing services to our facilities when it may be needed most AND a nutrition protocol to action immediately.

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4 months ago  ·  

Nutrition is not the first thing that comes to mind with wound care. However, it should be one of our first ports of call.

Nutrition impacts everything from mobility to infection and skin integrity. All of which increase the risk of pressure injuries and wounds, in older people especially.

If the body is not getting the nutrition it requires, even the smallest wound will make itself more pronounced, due to the lack of protein required by the body to replace the injured tissue.

Looking to better your facilities’ wound care capabilities, and better the lives of your residents? Book your consultation with Nutrition Solutions Tasmania today.
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4 months ago  ·  

Are you ready for unannounced accreditation and site audits? As of 2018 under the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Legislation Amendment, Aged Care facilities are no longer given notice of the date of their re-accreditation.

This is why it’s crucial to be on top of legislation and updates. Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers a range of services which will ensure that your facility and staff are up to date with the latest changes in hydration and dietary standards.
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4 months ago  ·  

At Nutrition Solutions Tasmania we believe in proactive prevention as opposed to reactive care. Which is why regular follow up care is key when it comes to health care.

Regular follow up appointments allow our Accredited Practising Dietitians to catch issues at the earliest opportunity we can. From individual health issues to a need to update overall risk management, regular visits not only increase resident satisfaction, but also save money.
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4 months ago  ·  

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4 months ago  ·  

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4 months ago  ·  

Nutrition Solutions Tasmania offers a range of services to meet any need or budget. From accreditation consultations to staff training, hydration audits to supplement reviews. No matter your needs, we have a service to assist you.

Get in touch today to find out more.
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4 months ago  ·  

Two of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care were to provide specific training to aged care staff to assess and support the nutritional needs of older Australians, and to improve access to Accredited Practising Dietitians.
Access, Support, and Assessment are the things we do best. And one of the defining characteristics of Nutrition Solutions Tasmania, is our empathy. We will be with you when you need us, no waiting for someone to fly in. We’re here for you.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help.
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4 months ago  ·  

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