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 Dining Interventions: Factors To Consider Before Making A Change

  • Review medications affecting residents’ appetite and absorption
  • Assess residents’ risk of drug and food interactions
  • Evaluate residents who have diet orders and/or restrictive and modified diets
  • Review facilities’ use of supplements and their effectiveness
  • Educate staff in safe food preparation and handling
  • Train staff on proper positioning and socialization of residents
  • Monitor and evaluate outcomes.

Source: “Home-style Dining Interventions in Nursing Homes: Implications for Practice,” Robin Remsburg, associate dean, George Mason University College of Health and Human Services, for Creating Home in the Nursing Home II Symposium, February 2010

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