Health Professionals

The Facts

 

• 45% of seniors admitted to Canadian hospitals are malnourished. These seniors stay 2-7 days longer in hospital and cost the health system 60% more than well-nourished seniors.

• Canadian adults with diabetes are 2 times more likely to see a family physician and 3 times more likely to be hospitalized and for longer periods

 

Primary Care Dietitians Make a Difference. A dietitian can help your patients. How? Click here to find out.

What can Dietitians in Primary Health Care do? Click here to find out.

 

Canadian Malnutrition Force 2016 video:

 

What does Therapeutic Meals's to help address malnutrition?

Bridge medical nutrition care between acute hospital admission, community care and care at home by providing medical nutrition therapy, meaning specialized diet to manage symptoms associated with medical conditions. These include modified textured meals such as pureed, minced, cut up, finger foods and blended meals, and therapeutic diets to manage chronic disease such as renal, diabetic, low sodium diets, delivered to the patient's home. Our dietitian provides the nutrition therapy by:

  1. Assessing nutritional needs
  2. Planning the meals, preparing the therapeutic diet or diet texture modified meals, and providing supplements or feeding support tools.
  3. Implements the nutrition intervention by delivering the meals at home.
  4. Evaluates if the nutrition intervention is meeting needs by following up.

 

Benefits of decreasing malnutrition in elderly population and those managing chronic disease:

  • Decrease visits to family physician office
  • Decrease fall risk
  • Decrease risk for (re) admission to acute care
  • Delay need for institutionalized care
  • Lowers care giver burden of family members

 

Who is Therapeutic Meals for:

 

Patients/clients living alone with identified need for meal support

Patients/client with dysphagia or chewing difficulties

Patients/clients with decreased appetite or limited ability to cook for self/family

Patients/clients with a recent hospitalization recovering at home

People who are managing a chronic disease and associated symptoms:

  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I and II,
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF),
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Renal Failure (RF)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Hypertension (HTN)
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • Dementia

 

Consider referring your client or patient to Therapeutic Meals' Registered Dietitian.

Request a nutrition assessment by completing the contact box below.