Optimum Intake Dietitians, believe quality of life is a right and is something that should continue throughout our life span. While we may accept bodily changes are a fact of life, it does not mean we have to accept a lesser quality of life or lesser quality food. We are passionate about helping you to optimise your independence with all daily tasks related to food and eating. Our community based services are conducted in the convenience and comfort of your own home or facility at a time that suits you.
Optimum Intake Dietitians are a well established, local service with a focus on increasing access to private home based aged care dietetics services, reducing waiting times and increasing the level of support. You will receive that extra personalised service where your experienced aged care dietitian will provide in home educations, meal plans based on the food stores in your cupboard, supplement recommendations when regular food intake is not sufficient, meal delivery service options, meal preparation demonstrations or family based recipe modifications and much more to ensure optimal health outcomes.
As Dietitians, we recognise that food is a huge and emotive subject for many people, and in particular, older people. It can bring family and friends together, help us unite and reflect on many different areas of life and experiences. Food is the element that is used to celebrate, reflect culture and traditions and affects our health and quality of life. Like many of us, food is a comfort when times are difficult, and when cooking or eating becomes difficult, many older people can experience frailty or poor health. Dietitians can be utilised for our knowledge and skills to select the necessary strategies, foods or supplement items to improve health and restore independence through appropriate nutrition.
Research has shown that individualised, home based nutrition counseling by an Accredited Practising Dietitian improves functional status, nutrition status, energy intake and protein intake as well as reducing risk of hospital readmission, mortality and reliance on social services. Regular follow up sessions with an Dietitian also doubles the rate of compliance with dietary plans and nutritional supplementation regimes.
Optimum Intake Dietitians can assist in the prevention and management of many health conditions, providing support for those with:
- Weight loss
- Decreased food intake
- Declining physical ability to shop or cook at home
- Texture modified/thickened fluids
- Estimating fluid and calorie requirements
- Supplement selection and regmines
- Diabetes education and management plans
- Tube feeding
- Food intolerances.
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- Weight issues
- Cancer and cancer treatment recovery
- Mental health conditions
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Head and neck surgery/radiation treatment
- Chronic airway limitation (CAL)/ Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
What to expect if I see a Optimum Intake Aged Care Dietitian
As part of the service, individuals will receive a one on one session with a Dietitian in the comfort of their own home, removing the need to arrange transport and travel to an office. During this session the Dietitian will conduct a comprehensive dietary assessment and prepare a comprehensive report. Ongoing sessions, monitoring and supports will be tailored to optimise each individuals nutritional and home care needs. Where appropriate we can liaise with other health professionals involved in your care as well as other family or carer supports. We aim to create a community approach to supporting your independence and ability to remain living in you home and accessing optimal nutrition.
We are approved providers of and deliver services under the following models:
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- My Aged Care
- Home Care Packages
- Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan
- Registered for Private Health Fund Rebates
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
To find out more about our services or to book a consultation please contact us on 0499008451 or email [email protected]