Individualized Nutrition Approaches for Older Adults

Facilities should consider the risks and benefits of restrictive diets and should individualize residents' diets to maximize meal intake, improve quality of life, and respect residents' rights. 

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a survey instrument used to determine patients’ opinions on hospital care. In 2005, the survey was endorsed by the National Quality Forum, which is an organization that expresses the consensus of...

Objective Stool Documentation

In order to effectively assess how a patient is tolerating enteral nutrition, it is essential to collect objective, patient-specific data on fecal characteristics. The monitoring of stool trends, along with residual fecal matter, is among the parameters used to assess how...

Nutrition Progress Note (quarterly)

Patient name:________________________________ Physician:_____________________ Room:_______________ Registered dietitian: _______________________________________ Food allergies:___________________________ Height:________ IBW range: ________lb UBW: ________lb

Food Service: Resident-Centered Dining

“Resident-centered” or “person-centered” dining is a popular phrase right now, but what does it mean? Very specific concepts exist for developing a truly resident-centered dining program. Read on to find out how you can implement “person-centered” dining in your skilled...

Quality Indicator Survey (QIS): Resources for Practitioners

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has prepared a video-on-demand satellite broadcast about the quality indicator survey (QIS). The primary audience for this 80-minute presentation is survey staff in states that have not yet begun QIS. However, it is a...

HIPAA and Privacy: Staff In-Service Training

Use: Nutrition staff member to deliver this in-service training to nurses, nursing assistants, and kitchen staff. Check with your facility to get copies of the HIPAA form they use with patients for participants to review. Serve a healthy snack for participants.  ...

MDS Worksheet

  Admission and Annual Assessments (5) and (A)   ARD   Room # and Name   Diet   Ht   Wt