Think about your favorite meal—and then consider how you would feel if you were told you simply couldn’t eat it anymore…no exceptions!
Why does this happen all the time in long-term care? Dietitian Diane Hall says there’s no reason for it! A person’s right to express personal food preferences and make dietary choices is an important facet of person-centered care. This pragmatic guidebook for administrators, nurses, food service managers, and dietitians demonstrates step by step how to honor residents’ food choices while also meeting regulatory requirements and reducing liability. The Inside Scoop on Informed Choice clarifies what informed choice and self-directed dining are, and it provides the necessary forms, documentation, and learning activities to simplify the process of implementing a person-centered approach to dining in your care community.
Told in a unique storytelling format, this engaging and user-friendly resource debunks common myths and misinformation about special diets, restricted diets, doctors’ orders, and federal regulations. It shows you just how to satisfy a resident’s right to enjoy his or her favorite foods, preferred mealtimes, and customary eating habits, while also keeping the person safe. Time-saving tools based on federal guidelines and regulations for nursing homes help to streamline the individualization of care plans and include:
- Sample forms and guidelines, assessment tools, surveys, quizzes, and QAPI-based dining solutions (also available as downloadable resources with purchase of the book)
- Tip sheets for specialized diets (diabetic, low sodium, cardiac, altered consistency, tube feeding, and fluid restricted)
Each section of the book includes a Learning Center with educational activities that prepare you for a quiz to qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). With the expert resources and explanations offered throughout, The Inside Scoop on Informed Choice is your guide to successfully achieving individualized food services.