nutritious foodcare - managing malnutrition

There is an 85% chance of malnutrition in individuals requiring texture-modified diets and living in long term residential care. This creates an ongoing challenge for all aged care providers. The consequences of malnutrition may include: increased morbidity, falls and mishaps, reduced immunity, poor wound healing, increased risk of pressure injuries, reduced quality of life and greater mortality.

 

 
Aged care & weight loss:
Prior to introduction of Pure Foods, less than 38% of
residents on texture-modified foods maintain weight. After introduction, 77% of Pure Food Co. consumers regain weight in weeks and sustain it beyond 4 months.

 

 

Texture-modified food and malnutrition

  • Texture-modified diets may be lower in energy and some nutrients (e.g. protein, vitamins and minerals) compared to a standard diet.

  • Individuals with eating difficulties often have poorer nutrition and reduced appetite.

  • Therefore, texture-modified foods require a greatly enhanced nutritional content which is challenging when pureeing food in commercial kitchens.

  • Some frail older adults and those with chronic disease may have increased protein requirements.

  • Residents in long-term care are often admitted following a major health event, which may be accompanied by sig- nificant weight loss, and therefore requires rehabilitation and restorative nutrition.

  • Weight loss and malnutrition reduces muscle function and impairs functional status which may contribute to declining vitality and other health issues.

  • People with dysphagia are at high risk of choking or asphyxiation if there is any inconsistency in the modified food textures of their meals.