Broad Health Condition Diet and Nutrition
Specific Health ConditionOther diet and nutrition disorders
Anticipated date of first participant enrolment1/07/2018
Anticipated date of last participant enrolment1/07/2018
Research suggests that the majority of Australians with dementia in residential aged care are malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. This project seeks to change this unacceptable situation by trialling a practical multi-component nutrition support intervention (MENU: Meaningful Engagement in Nutritional Understanding) that arose from suggestions from staff in a Tasmanian aged care home on how to improve care and support of people with dementia. The project will trial MENU in two Wicking-partner aged care facilities. The impact of MENU on raising staff awareness of best nutrition care and support for residents with dementia and reducing malnutrition prevalence will be evaluated. There are two specific objectives: 1. raise awareness (knowledge and practice change) among care facility staff/care volunteers/family of best nutrition care for residents with dementia; 2. reduce residents’ malnutrition risk. The project findings, outputs and the MENU approach will be disseminated across Tasmania.
Key inclusion criteria
Participants will be recruited from two aged care facilities where they will reside, work or volunteer, or be a family member of a resident. The criteria for residents’ inclusion in the study are: 1. Resident in the aged care facility for over four weeks; 2. Has symptoms of cognitive impairment or dementia (e.g. over 9/21 on Psychogeriatric Assessment Scale–Cognitive (moderate-severe impairment)). The criteria for aged care workers, care volunteers and family members are: 1. Has paid or voluntary employment at, or has a family member living in, one of the participating aged care homes; 2. Aged 18 year or over.
Minimum age18 Years
GenderBoth males and females
Key exclusion criteria
People highly dependent on medical care or, in the opinion of nursing staff, at end-of-life.
Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: University
Primary Sponsor Name: University of Tasmania
Primary Sponsor Address: Churchill Ave, Hobart TAS 7005
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia
Contact person for information and recruitmentDr
Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre | College of Health and Medicine University of Tasmania Medical Science 1 Building, 17 Liverpool St Private Bag 143 Hobart TAS 7001
+61 (0)3 6226 4217