Long-Term Care

Restrictive diets provide little benefit for residents in long-term care

MDS 3.0 Insider, August 29, 2014

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Research has shown that restrictive diets add little benefit for older adults in long-term care, and they might even be harmful. Concerning issues are weight loss and meal rejection. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have sent letters to state survey agencies notifying them of its support for new dining practice standards.

Nursing homes should encourage seniors to be informed on how to choose food and select the best foods to fit their needs. They should monitor diets, however, and suggest care planning alternatives that benefit residents yet respect their right to make choices.
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