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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Article of Interest: Nutritional status among older residents with dementia in open versus special care units in municipal nursing homes: an observational study

In the recent article, Nutritional status among older residents with dementia in open versus special care units in municipal nursing homes: an observational study in BMC Geriatrics, the authors, Aukner, Eide and Iversen explore whether there is a difference in the nutrition received by Dementia patients in an open or in a special care unit in a nursing home.

Abstract:
Undernutrition is widespread among institutionalised elderly, and people suffering from dementia are at particularly high risk.  Many elderly with dementia live in open units or in special care units in nursing homes.  It is not known whether special care units have an effect on the nutritional status of the residents.  The aim of this study was therefore to examine the nutritional status of residents with dementia in both open units and in special care units.

This is an open-accessed journal article and can be freely accessed from this link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/13/26/abstract


1 comment:

Allison Musante said...

Thank you, Ms. Blanchard, for highlighting this important new study. Malnutrition is pervasive in long-term care (LTC) settings. To assist elderly residents who have difficulties maintaining optimal nutritional status by eating regular foods, oftentimes a modified-texture food diet is prescribed. However, this altered diet is not without problems. In this recent review in Annals of Long-Term Care, Niezgoda and associates outline the issues that arise when implementing modified-texture foods in the frail and vulnerable elderly LTC population; they also identify areas in which further research is needed before these diets can be safely prescribed. Read the full review online here: www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/article/issues-and-challenges-modified-texture-foods-long-term-care-workshop-report?page=0,0