Just a Few Words on Nutrition

Terri Jones
Dietary Manager
Abbyshire Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab

nutritionIt is important to eat foods that are nutrient dense. Maintaining nutritional homeostasis may be challenging, especially in the elderly. Immobility, either in bed or in a chair, contributes to negative nitrogen balance. Increased protein demands are associated with the requirements for healing surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, or bone fractures and for producing immune bodies when fighting infections. It is also important to provide enough dietary protein to maintain tissue integrity, muscle mass and immune infections. There is an erroneous assumption by many health care workers that elderly people cannot tolerate large amounts of dietary protein because of their renal function. In the absence of overt renal disease, most elderly can tolerate high levels of dietary protein if they are adequately hydrated.

It is key to balance every meal with 50% of calories from complex carbohydrates, 30% from lean protein, and 20% from healthy fats.  Ingestion of protein with carbohydrates increase muscle protein synthesis in elderly men. Fruits and vegetables are ideal complex carbohydrates because they turn into sugar very slowly and because they have more water.

With stating this, we, at Abbyshire strive at working as a team, between Nursing and the Dietary Department, to do our Best for our residents