New Dining Standards Toolkit Available Now from Pioneer Network

Medical evidence from recent clinical tests has demonstrated that restrictive diets for older individuals in long term care are of little benefit, and actually can be detrimental.

These diets often cause residents to reject their daily dietary intake, resulting in weight loss. Restricting sugar, salt, or fat make little difference in blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol inside older person. Research evidence implies that a liberalized, regular diet for most residents can enhance standard of living as well as bring about maintenance of health. The notion of informed options are key in supporting visitors to make choices about items that are important to them, such as the foods they eat.

The Dining Standards Toolkit has become developed to help you your community position the new standards and research to dedicate yourself you.

In 2012, the Rothschild Foundation provided funding for Pioneer Network to convene a Task Force to produce a Dining Standards Toolkit which will help long -term care communities implement the New Dining Practice Standards.

The Dining Standards Toolkit includes 10 Standards sections, which combine model policies and procedures to be utilized as templates. Each policy and procedures section is followed by an algorithm depicting the flow of operationalizing that specific policy and associated procedures. These tools will help communities and care teams in decision making to support individual choice and in addition mitigate risks that will arise as a result of honoring choice.

The Dining Standards Toolkit includes frequent references to CMS federal regulations and interpretive guidance, and shows how supportive CMS regulations are in enabling individuals to eat foods they wish to eat. Also included are relevant CMS Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) and Traditional Survey tools.

The Toolkit includes the following resources to aid communities implement the New Dining Standards:

Model Policies & Procedures with Algorithms

Tip Sheets and Forms

Brochures for Residents and Families

Additional Resources

New Dining Standards Toolkit: $149





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