• 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.
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Canadian Malnutrition Force 2016 video:
How does Therapeutic Meals helps address the malnutrition crisis?
Providing a continuation of nutrition care from hospital to home prevents re-admission to institutionalized care. Appropriate nutrition care helps seniors healing at home, prevents worsening of symptoms associated with medical conditions, and prevents falling incidents by increasing strength and balance. Appropriate nutrition care includes prescribed diets such as modified textured meals: pureed, minced, cut up, finger foods and blended meals, or therapeutic diets to manage chronic disease such as: renal, diabetic, low sodium diets. Providing these specialized meals alone is not enough. Seniors and children of seniors need to adapt to the new lifestyle. Nutrition therapy supports this critical transition by providing education and support. Our dietitian provides the nutrition therapy by:
- Assessing nutritional needs
- Planning the meals, preparing the therapeutic diet or diet texture modified meals, and providing supplements or feeding support tools.
- Implements the nutrition intervention by delivering the meals at home.
- Evaluates if the nutrition intervention is meeting needs by following up.
How does it work?
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)
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
Consider referring your client or patient to Therapeutic Meals' Registered Dietitian.
Request a nutrition assessment by completing the contact box below.