Qu: "My dad lives alone, is quite frail and lost weight after being in hospital for a few weeks, how do I help him regain independence in his own home?"
For a number of reasons it’s normal for older people to lose weight when in hospital due to: Their illness Lack of appetite Having unfamiliar foods Being unable to access food...Read more
Nutrition Care Plans and What You Need to Know
Following on from our March blog on nutrition screening, we can now look at Nutrition Care Plans (NCP) for people considered at risk of malnutrition or those who are already...Read more
Qu: “My Grandma is taking warfarin (blood thinner), do you know what foods she can and can’t eat?"
Notes: This is a question I was frequently asked as a community dietitian. There is an urban myth that when someone is prescribed warfarin they need to cut out all...Read more
How Dehydration Increases Falls Risk, and Who's at Risk?
As we make our way through April and start to readjust our body clocks, we should take the time to recognise that this new month comes “April falls.” A campaign...Read more
Head and Neck Cancer
Cancer can manifest in many different ways one of which is head and neck cancer (HNCA). HNCA and its treatment can result in significant swallowing difficulties in which speech-language therapists...Read more
Dry mouth? You’re not alone…
Xerostomia A dry mouth, or ‘Xerostomia’ is a problem suffered by many and can have an impact on our chewing and swallowing ability. It can be a debilitating condition and...Read more
Q: “My Grandma recently had a fall, what foods can she eat to make her stronger and help prevent future falls?"
Answer: Notes: There are a number of ways you could work with Grandma to retain her strength and reduce the likelihood of falls. 1. Encourage her to eat enough protein...Read more