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Resident and Staff Mealtime Actions and Energy Intake of Long-Term Care Residents With Cognitive Impairment: Analysis of the Making the Most of Mealtimes Study.

Authors
  • Mann, Kelsey
  • Lengyel, Christina O
  • Slaughter, Susan E
  • Carrier, Natalie
  • Keller, Heather
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2019
Volume
45
Issue
8
Pages
32–42
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20190709-04
PMID: 31355897
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Long-term care (LTC) residents with cognitive impairment (CI) are at increased risk of malnutrition, often explained by mealtime actions (e.g., resident eating challenges, staff actions with eating assistance). The purpose of the current study was to examine the association between mealtime actions and energy intake of LTC residents with CI. Participants with CI (N = 353) from 32 LTC in four provinces were included. Mealtime actions were assessed using the Relational Behavioural Scale, Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia (Ed-FED), nine additional eating challenges, and the Mealtime Relational Care Checklist. Several eating challenges (e.g., refusal to eat, turning head away) were associated with poor energy intake. Adjusting for age and sex, partial eating assistance and total Ed-FED score were associated with poor intake, whereas dysphagia risk and often receiving assistance were associated with better intake. Interventions to support eating independence and address residents' eating challenges in LTC are needed to improve their intakes. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(8), 32-42.]. Copyright 2019, SLACK Incorporated.

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