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Support Integration Across Professional Roles

Combatting malnutrition among older adults takes a team. See how different professionals can play a role.

  • Executive Director
    As the lead administrator for your agency, creating the vision and services your organization delivers to existing and prospective clients, you can have an impact on healthcare costs while bringing in new revenue. You can use the action steps listed to work with your team as well as community and healthcare partners to identify and treat malnutrition.
  • Community Dietitian
    You, the Dietitian, are the primary resource for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Review these action steps to help identify and treat malnutrition in your community organization.
  • Food Service Director
    As the Food Service Director, your role as a knowledgeable food professional is a key part of creating meal and snack offerings which meet the needs of seniors with malnutrition, while you maintain cost controls and provide food within resource limitations. Review these action plans to help your organization take action against malnutrition.
  • Hospital Clinical Nutrition Manager
    You, the Hospital Clinical Nutrition Manager, are a dietitian leader, a nutrition expert and the team motivator. The Clinical Nutrition Manager must plan, coordinate, and manage patient nutrition care activities. Nutrition protocols must be established to ensure rapid treatment for patients identified as at-risk for malnutrition or malnourished.
  • Hospital Discharge Planner
    You, the Hospital Discharge Planner, are responsible for assessing the patient’s transition of care needs and for developing a discharge care plan that promotes effective continuation of care to support long-term health. Inclusion of nutrition-related components in the discharge plan is essential for those patients identified as at-risk for malnutrition or malnourished.
  • Nutrition Program Manager
    You, the Nutrition Program Manager, are responsible for overseeing senior nutrition program services throughout your jurisdiction, including group dining meal sites, home delivered meals, nutrition education and nutrition counseling. Review these action steps to help identify and treat malnutrition in your community organization.
  • Social Worker
    As the Social Worker for your agency, you uniquely provide a person-centered approach to helping seniors remain safely in their home and have an impact on healthcare costs. You can use the action steps listed below to identify and address malnutrition.

 

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