August 31st, 2020
The Registered Dietitian (RDN) is responsible for assessing the nutrition status and implementing appropriate interventions to ensure the needs of the participant are met.
- Reviews nutritional needs prior to enrollment into the program.
- Responsible for completing initial, semi-annual, and annual assessments. Participant comprehensive assessments may include evaluation of:
- Diet recall
- Current diet
- Meal patterns
- Assistance with meal preparation and grocery shopping
- Anthropometric analysis
- Weight monitoring
- Appetite changes
- Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- Food allergies and preferences
- Monitoring for food insecurity
- Cultural and religious preferences
- Past medical history
- Evaluation of laboratory indicators
- Need for nutritional supplements and/or frozen meals
- Education follow up
- Reviews and determines appropriate therapeutic diets.
- Works and collaborates with participants and caregivers, as well as members of the Interdisciplinary Team in developing the participant’s plan of care.
- Evaluates participant’s motivation for changes towards positive outcomes. Implements individualized interventions and adjusts goals of care as needed.
- Supervises the participants in the Day Health Center to ensure that meals served are in compliance with the RDNs diet recommendations. Communicates changes in dietary needs to Interdisciplinary Team.
- Collaborates with Day Health Center Staff and other members of the Interdisciplinary Team in identifying participants with difficulty chewing and/or swallowing and refers to the appropriate team member for evaluation as needed.
- Counsels and educates participants and their caregivers to enhance the health and overall well-being of the participant.
- Coordinates care with outside healthcare professionals.
- Maintains frequent contact and follow up with participants identified at high nutritional risk.
- Identifies clinical characteristics of malnutrition.
- Calculates nutritional needs and coordinates care with Home Infusion Company for participants receiving enteral nutritional support.
- Understands, complies with and promotes the Participant Bill of Rights and work to achieve high levels of participant satisfaction.
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