2024 Diet and Nutrition Care Manual, Simplified Edition

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The new 2024 edition should be ready to ship in February 2024.

Join thousands of health care facilities nationwide that use our manual to guide nutrition care and menu choices! This has been our best-selling manual for over 20 years!   

Great for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes and other health care settings. Use this best-selling resource as an evidence based reference to provide nutrition care, interpret diets, define physician diet orders, write menus, and meet federal regulations. Easy to use tools, charts and guidelines! Approximately 250 pages.

Revisions include:

  • New American Diabetes Association Guidelines
  • New Academy Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) adult weight management systematic review
  • Addition of the Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM)
  • New chapter on Cancer Prevention and Treatment
  • New KDOQI guidelines
  • Most recent updates from the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP)
  • Revisions and comprehensive information on each disease state/condition
  • Revised sample menus for all diets
  • Revised International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative or IDDSI information (the 2019 chapter on Consistency Alterations is available to those who have not yet transitioned)
  • 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate (with updates to diet guidelines)
  • Updates as needed to all sections to ensure the manual is compatible with the current standards of care, and more!

Note: This manual is updated and re-released every 2-3 years to include the most recent evidence based research and national and international guideline releases related to nutrition care.

Coming soon: Sample pages including the full table of contents.

Need to order multiple copies? Contact us for information and discounts if you plan to order more than 10 copies.

Chapters include:

  1. Regular Diet and Alterations: liberalized/individualized diet for older adults, high calorie/high protein, food intolerance/allergy, low lactose, vegetarian, finger foods, gluten free diet, kosher diet, full liquid diet, and clear liquid diet.
  2. Dysphagia: International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), IDDSI Level 6: Soft and Bite-Sized, Level 5: Minced and Moist, Level 4: Pureed/Extremely Thick, Level 3: Liquidised/Moderately Thick, Level 2: Mildly Thick, Level 1: Slightly Thick.
  3. Weight Management: practice guidelines, strategies, recommended diet patterns, concerns in older adults, bariatric surgery/diets, medications, calorie restricted, calorie specific diets.
  4. Cardiovascular Health: practice guidelines, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, lifestyle recommendations, healthy eating patterns including DASH, Mediterranean, therapeutic lifestyle changes, 2 gram sodium diets.
  5. Diabetes: preventing complications, goals of MNT, menu planning, physical activity, approaches for older adults, hypo/hyperglycemia, medical management, medications/insulins, carbohydrate counting, consistent carbohydrate diet and consistency-altered versions, clear liquid for diabetes, food choice values, and meal replacements.
  6. Gastrointestinal Conditions: the gut microbiome, GI symptoms/conditions, constipation, diarrhea, cramps, heartburn, bloating, nausea, vomiting, low FODMAPS, high fiber, low fiber diets.
  7. Kidney Disease: 5 stages of CKD, KDOQI 2020 Clinical Practice Guideline, MNT for kidney disease, nutrition and fluid restriction guidelines, lowering potassium, potassium levels in foods, hyper-phosphatemia, high phosphorous foods, menu planning tips, diets and nutrition information for each stage of CKD including dialysis diets, liberalized renal diet, and diabetes and kidney disease.
  8. Specific Diseases: Alzheimer’s/dementia, hepatic disease, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, PKU, pulmonary disease.
  9. Specific Conditions: dehydration, malnutrition, palliative care, pressure injuries, unintended weight loss.
  10. Nutrition Support: guidelines for enteral feeding, documentation, medication administration, calculating adequate flushes, selecting enteral formulas, disease specific formulas, determining feeding schedules, calculating volume and administration of feeding, refeeding syndrome, transitioning to oral foods, complications, end of life nutrition, discontinuing enteral feeding.
  11. Appendix: nutrition screening and assessment tools, nutrition care process, nutrition focused physical exam, adjusting weights for amputees, BMI, nutrient needs calculations, equations for calories/protein/fluids, nutritional needs during stress, commercial products available to provide supplemental nutrition.

Click on “Product Samples” above for the full Table of Contents.

Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND is widely-known as one of the nation’s leading experts on nutrition, aging, and long term health care. An extensively published author and experienced speaker, Becky is Founder/President of Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc., which provides a broad library of credible continuing education (CE) programs and nutrition resources. She was also Founder/President of Nutrition Consulting Services, Inc., whose dedicated team of RDNs/NDTRs served health care facilities in Ohio from 1983-2020.

Becky has published more than 300 health care articles, manuals, and CE programs; presented and/or hosted more than 650 CE programs for national, international, and state professional meetings in 5 countries and 50 states. Her free email magazine keeps 30,000 health care professionals up to date on the latest news in the field. An active leader, she has held more than 20 board positions on national and state professional associations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. Honors include: Academy Medallion Award, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy Award of Excellence in Business and Consultation.

Contributing Editor: 
Liz Friedrich, MPH, RD, CSG, LDN, FAND, NWCC is a registered dietitian and president of Friedrich Nutrition Consulting in Salisbury, NC. The company provides a variety of nutrition consulting services with a focus on gerontological nutrition.
Liz is Board Certified as a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition and is Nutrition Wound Care Certified. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles in journals and magazines and textbook chapters and has served as an evidence analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) Evidence Analysis Library. She is an accomplished speaker on topics related to both older adults and wound healing.

Liz has held numerous national and state positions for the Academy, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, and the North Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the recipient of two NCDA awards, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and the Member of the Year.

We would like to thank all of the professionals who dedicated their time and expertise to current and past editions of this manual (see the manual for a full list). We hope that the individual residents, patients, and/or clients that you work with will benefit as a result of their hard work.


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Our corporation just went to this diet manual this year. This honestly is the most useful manual our corporation has used. I think it is awesome!
- Judie Engel, R.D., C.D.
"I often thought a diet manual would include diet information only, but this manual had so much more specific disease information that explained the reasoning behind the actual diet principles and MNT. It was a great review for me! Awesome reference!"
- Michelle Yuzwa, RD, LD

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