care area assessment

Nutrition-Related Care Area Assessments (CAAs): A Beginner’s Guide

Care area assessments (CAAs) — several of which are nutrition-related — reflect potential areas of concern for nursing home residents. However, many registered dietitians and dietary managers may not completely understand CAAs or whether to address them in a resident’s care plan. This article provides an overview of nutrition-related CAAs, including what they are, what …

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QAPI

QAPI: What Dietitians and Dietary Managers Need to Know

Quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) is federal regulation for nursing homes participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It’s a program that focuses on improving the lives of nursing home residents through continuous attention to quality of care, quality of life, and resident choice in consideration of safety. Regulations require that a QAPI program …

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7 Meal Programs for Seniors to Know

With Americans living longer than ever before, the growth in the number of older adults continues to climb. At the same time, food insecurity, physical disability, and chronic disease cripple aging adults, interfering with their ability to maintain good nutrition. Fortunately, several meal programs for seniors exist that provide a range of nutrition-related services aimed …

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Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Dietitians Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) transitioned to a new payment rule for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) called the patient driven payment model (PDPM). Under PDPM, dietitians have a unique opportunity to identify, document, and treat key nutrition-related diagnoses for improved patient outcomes and increased financial reimbursement. This article explains what dietitians need …

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How to Write Nutrition Care Plans for Long-Term Care

Nutrition care plans provide communication for nutrition care between residents and members of the interdisciplinary team (IDT). They are a crucial component of documentation that help ensure residents maintain acceptable parameters of nutritional status. Unfortunately, many dietitians or dietary managers working in long-term care may not know how to write a strong nutrition care plan …

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Appetite Stimulant Drugs: Are They Safe or Effective In Older Adults?

Poor appetite is a common problem in older adults, especially for those living in long-term care. It can contribute to unintentional weight loss and nutritional deficiencies, and is associated with poor health outcomes such as malnutrition. To counter the dwindling appetite of older adults, appetite stimulants are often prescribed. Little is known, however, about their …

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