Using Natural Foods for Good Health

As we age, metabolism (how the body gets energy from food) can change. Some older adults may lose weight unintentionally. This can happen if there is a loss of appetite, pain when chewing, difficulty swallowing or a medical condition. Being underweight increases the chance of developing health problems such as osteoporosis and anaemia and may make it harder to recover from an illness or infection.

Natural Food Fortification Program (NFF)
NFF is a holistic approach used in Moran Homes to help residents to maintain their weight. It puts real food first and artificial supplements last as per the four stages below. It relies on the increased use of eggs, cheese, full cream milk powder etc. in residents’ meals. By making the most of each mouthful, NFF provides residents with a real food solution to reduce the risk of weight loss. An increased focus on a holistic and food first approach may enhance residents’ quality of life and reduce the risk of malnutrition.

  1. Bulk Fortification – additional milk powder, eggs etc. are added to all recipes (where possible) to increase the nutrient value of the dish for all residents.
  2. High Energy High Protein extras – additional personalised support i.e. extra ice-cream on desserts, yoghurt at morning tea, afternoon tea and supper.
  3. High Energy High Protein milkshakes using milk powder – where residents require additional nutritional support.
  4. Commercial Supplements eg. Sustagen or Resource are used if the above approach has been used but more support is required. The Care team works closely with the
    Dietician and GP.

Other tips to maintain a healthy weight include:

  • Aim for about 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Being active can help you to increase your appetite if it is low.
  • Eat socially when possible, either with fellow residents or on outings with your family and friends. This can make for a more enjoyable experience that you look forward to.
  • Family or friends should feel free to bring high calorie treats when they visit eg. donuts.
  • Provide us with your feedback on the meals we serve so we can continue to offer a choice of foods you enjoy, even if you are on a modified diet.

The Care Manager will provide further information and guidance, developing a specific care plan for residents who need support with diet.  Moran Homes also cater to all food intolerances and allergies.  To find out more about any of the Moran Homes, please contact us.


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