So much is at stake when nutritional status is impaired and there are so many interventions that can you can make to reduce this problem that affects quality of life and cost and quality of care for older adults.
Do you know the half life of serum albumin and how dated its reflection on nutritional status might be compared to other visceral proteins?
What can you teach families and patients to increase the quality of their nutritional intake in the home setting?
How many times have you included a can of Ensure with a meal, or an hour or so before a meal, and didn’t think about how that would affect one’s appetite for “real” food?
Have you ever thought about how your behavior and the eating environment might be adapted to improve mood, prompt appetite and increase food intake?
Drs. Rose Ann DiMaria and Elaine Amella outline steps you can take to better assess nutritional status and provide cost-effective and practical interventions you can implement in your practice to improve the nutritional status of older adults.