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The three ‘S’s and the three ‘A’s – ensuring optimum nutrition for residents with...

Recently qualified dietitian Debra Nell completed her master’s thesis on meeting the nutrition and hydration needs of residents in dementia care units. As part of her research, she developed a series of recommendations for facilities catering for these special residents.

Texture modified diets part of the care

Registered dietitian LIZ BEAGLEHOLE of Canterbury Dietitians says facilities need to plan ahead to ensure they get the texture of the food right for each resident, while also meeting their nutritional needs.

The dangers of polypharmacy

CAROLINE BARTLE and HELEN BEHRENS discuss the risks associated with inappropriate polypharmacy, particularly for older people with dementia.

10 red flags of junk science

We are inundated with messages about how to achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle. So how do we sift through all the claims and information to determine what is genuine, sound and useful?

Never too old to clown around

Clown doctors show that sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. CAMERON TAYLOR, of Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust, reports.

A new global guideline for pressure injuries

As the Guideline Development Group representative for the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS), PAM MITCHELL was pleased to be involved in the creation of the 2014 International Guideline: Prevention and Treatment for Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

The rise and rise of multi-resistant organisms

Bug Control New Zealand Ltd Infection Control Advisory Service discusses CRE, the next big bug about to hit New Zealand, and what care facilities can expect.

Sweet as honey

As resistance to antibiotics strengthens, it is more important than ever to look for alternative treatments. When it comes to wound care and infection control, mānuka honey is proving to be a strong contender.

Fear of falling: friend or foe?

SHELLEY JONES looks at recent research on actual risk of falling and perceived risk, and the implications for older people.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a practice with huge potential

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses how becoming competent in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help practitioners achieve significantly improved outcomes for those in dementia care.
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