Clinical Nutrition

The Need for Good Nutrition for Seniors

Nutrition and diet are an important part of managing many health problems. As well, healthy eating and good nutritional status help maintain a person’s health and wellbeing.

Psychological issues, like depression, socioeconomic factors, like being close to a market and being able to afford good nutrition, as well as decreased sensitivity of taste and smell can all contribute to malnutrition.

In addition to psychological or physiological factors, appetite commonly decreases with age, leading seniors to skip meals, which puts them at greater risk for under nourishment.

No matter what the cause, it’s important that seniors monitor their diets to ensure proper nutrition, and the professional dieticians and clinical nutritionists at Providence Place make it their first priority to make sure our clients are getting all the nutrients their bodies need.

Our Clinical Nutrition Services

Our Clinical Nutrition team assesses clients on an individual level and devises nutritional plans to that work therapeutically to address the needs of seniors. No matter what a client could be facing–from chronic renal insufficiency to end-stage renal disease, diabetes to difficulty with swallowing–our team works hard to produce the best patient outcomes by providing diets that help get the body everything it needs to fight disease, recover, rehabilitate and maintain good health.

Our team provides:

  • Nutrition assessment and intervention
  • Accurate calculation and formulation of therapeutic diets, if necessary
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Nutrition support for tube feeds.
  • Assessment and treatment for dysphagia (swallowing disorder), and for clients or residents identified at high nutrition risk.

 

Referrals to Our Nutrition Services
A referral may be made to the dietitian for nutritional assessment of a client or resident or for any client or resident on a therapeutic diet.