Optimum Intake provides dietary assessment and review services to residents of nursing homes / residential aged care facilities on the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Lower Hunter areas. Common requests for assessments include: weight loss, decreased oral intake, malnutrition, texture modified/thickened fluids, tube feedings, estimating fluid and calorie requirements, supplement selection, diabetes control etc.
Please note: We are also able to assess and manage the nutritional care of Department of Veteran Affairs residents in low care facilities. Please refer to our DVA section to find out how to refer.
Menu Review / Menu Development
We provide menu assessments and provide assistance in menu development all of which are analysed against the best practice guidelines for the provision of food and nutrition as set out in the ‘Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual for Aged Care Facilities’. Research suggests that ‘a meal intake providing less than 75% of nutritional needs, on a regular basis, even in the absence of other symptoms, indicates a high risk of malnutrition’. For this reason, the importance of menu planning within aged care facilities cannot be overestimated. A well planned menu will aim to meet the nutritional requirements of its residents. You will receive both an electronic and paper copy of our comprehensive report which includes constructive comments and practical suggestions based on your facilities requirements. This services is available Australia wide.
We provide nutrition in-services to staff of residential aged care facilities / nursing homes across the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Lower Hunter areas. Each session generally runs for 50 mins to an hour and can be offered at flexible times. Providing expert advice on a range of nutrition and dietetic issues, we aim to get everyone involved making it informative and as practical as possible. We encourage your kitchen staff, nursing staff, management and anyone else who plays a role in the care of residents to attend and be involved and increase awareness of how they can better support their residents nutritional care. Common topics for presentations include:
- Diabetes and the Glycaemic Index
- Fibre, Fluid and Constipation
- Feeding the Undernourished Resident
- Texture Modified diets and thickened fluids
- Other topics by request
Optimum Intake is part of the Central Coast Allied Health Network CCAHN. The CCAHN is aiming to ensure that all Central Coast residents can access Dietetic services in order to ensure optimal health outcomes. Optimum Intake Dietitians are a well established local service with a focus on increasing access to private home based dietetics services, reducing waiting times and increasing the level of support provided. Our main focus for home visits is geared towards those who have difficulties arranging transport, the elderly, those with disabilities, individuals whose schedules conflict with our current clinic days. You will receive that extra personalised service where your dietitian will provide in home educations, meal plans based on the food stores in your cupboard, meal preparation demonstrations or family based recipe modifications and much more!
Common requests for at home assessments include: weight loss, decreased oral intake, malnutrition, texture modified/thickened fluids, tube feedings, estimating fluid and calorie requirements, supplement selection, diabetes control etc.
Research has shown that individualised, home based nutrition counseling by an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) 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 with an APD also doubles the rate of compliance with dietary plans and nutritional supplementation regimes.
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 suitable nutrition plan designed specifically to achieve their health goals while acknowledging their individual preferences and cooking abilities.
The referring GP and care team will then receive a report outlining the results of the assessment and treatment plan. After the assessment, individuals are then closely monitored to ensure their goals are being achieved.
We are approved providers of:
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan
- Registered for Private Health Fund Rebates
- Clients can receive Private Health Fund, DVA and Medicare rebates where eligible. Check with your GP or health fund for details.