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Federal Regulations   Specific Questions Related to Federal Nursing Home Regulations Also refer to our Regulatory Tips & Resources page. Feeding Assistants F Tag 811 of the CMS State Operations Manual outlines guidelines for paid feeding assistants. Each state must determine if it will follow the federal rule as written,…Read More

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Making a Difference: Elizabeth (Liz) Friedrich, MPH, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND

What is your mission/vision? My vision is that every health care community is staffed with health care providers that understand and support the New Dining Practice Standards. What you have done/are doing to make a… Read More

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Is Weight Loss Appropriate For Older Overweight and Obese Adults?

Your 76 year old patient Edna proudly tells you that without even trying, her weight is down from 145 to 124 pounds in just 6 months. At 5’1” tall and 145 pounds her BMI was… Read More

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Making a Difference: Suzanne C Cryst, RDN, CSG, LD

What is your mission/vision Making a difference each day. To know at the end of a day, a resident’s quality of life has improved, burdens lifted, a smile has been shared… if even for a… Read More

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Making a Difference: Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Mission/Vision My passion dietetics includes engaging in life long learning and finding a balance that includes family, faith, community and profession. What have you done/are doing to make a difference in the lives of aging/older… Read More

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Making a Difference: Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND, May 2016

Mission/Vision I wrote my mission statement in 1999. To excel in Life by: Living and walking in a manner worthy of God in my personal and professional life. Being devoted to service in all aspects of… Read More

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Making a Difference: Janet Skates MS, RD, LDN FADA, April 2016

Mission/Vision My mission is to raise the level of nutrition practice by providing superior service for patients, healthcare professionals, and businesses. What have you done/are doing to make a difference in the lives of aging/older… Read More

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Dysphagia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Controversies

Have you ever swallowed and had food “go down the wrong way”? For an estimated 15-40% of adults over the age of 60 this is a constant concern and the bugbear of anxiety; to which,… Read More

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Making a Difference: Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD, March 2016

Mission/Vision: To live happy and long….by nourishing the whole body with food, love and movement. Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults Every day I pray I’ve made a difference…. My career started… Read More

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Making Mealtime Magic for Older Adults in Health Care Communities

I do my best to stay positive in my communications however, I have to say that I was sadly disappointed in the meal service during a recent visit to a nursing facility. Was it because… Read More

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Making a Difference: Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN, February 2016

What is your mission/vision? The mission of my professional career in dietetics and of my company, CASE Software & Books, is to reignite RDNs original passion for medical knowledge, to think beyond their current level… Read More

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The Great BMI Debate

One of my RDNs posed this question recently related to BMI levels for older adults: I’ve been seeing transfer notes from the hospital and other nursing homes with diet/nutrition histories where RDNs are charting that… Read More

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Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease

Most of us can say that our lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia in some way, and with the aging of America, the number of people affected by this condition continues to… Read More

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