The Nourish Study - Effectiveness of a Food-First Approach on Resident Nutritional Status, Quality of Life and Aged Care Catering Costs

More than one in two aged care residents are malnourished in Australia. Malnutrition is partly attributed to the inadequate meeting of a resident’s needs around foods, food service, dining experience, culture and mealtime assistance. Costly complications associated with malnutrition can be mitigated by appropriate diet and lifestyle measures. While oral nutritional supplements(ONS) are commonly used for convenience, they are often met with a range of issues affecting uptake and effectiveness of ONS including resident dislike, poor ONS timing and staff non-compliance in administering ONS. Nourish Study’s objective was to investigate the effect of fortifying food in addition to staff education sessions in lieu of commercial ONS. Resident nutritional status, food satisfaction, quality of life, meal wastage and food/supplement costs were also tracked during the study. Results from the Nourish study will be presented along with cost benefit data to demonstrate a simple and cost-effective approach to the problem of malnutrition.

Cherie Hugo

The Lantern Project Australia - Founder, My Nutrition Clinic - Director, Bond University - PhD Schol

Cherie is director of consulting to aged care, hospital and communit since 1999. In 2013, Cherie founded, which is a national collaboration of over 500 industry stakeholders with the shared vision to bring back the joy of good food in aged care. Cherie completes her PhD this month through Bond University which has focused on quantifying the economic value of good food in aged care. Her 3 digital presentations and 1 oral presention at this year's LASA conference shares some of the learnings of The Lantern Project research and collaboration.