Perspectives on mealtime management in Residential Aged Care: insights from a cross-disciplinary investigation

Bennett, Michelle K., Ward, Elizabeth, Scarinci, Nerina and Waite, Monique (2014) Perspectives on mealtime management in Residential Aged Care: insights from a cross-disciplinary investigation. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33 4: 325-339. doi:10.1080/21551197.2014.963275


Author Bennett, Michelle K.
Ward, Elizabeth
Scarinci, Nerina
Waite, Monique
Title Perspectives on mealtime management in Residential Aged Care: insights from a cross-disciplinary investigation
Journal name Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2155-1197
2155-1200
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21551197.2014.963275
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 325
End page 339
Total pages 15
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Meeting the medical, nutritional, and psychosocial mealtime needs of aged care residents requires a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. To date the perspectives of this multidisciplinary team have not been adequately explored. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of a range of service providers involved in mealtime management in residential aged care. In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted with 61 participants from five service disciplines. Four themes emerged: (1) mealtimes are highly valued; (2) service providers face common barriers to mealtime management; (3) communication among service providers is challenging; and (4) education in mealtime management is limited. Data indicated service providers acknowledge the importance of mealtimes but recognize numerous shortfalls in current care. The need for interdisciplinary training and increased communication and collaboration among providers was emphasized, including the need for clarification of provider roles. Limited consideration of mealtimes in policy and funding documents was identified as a primary barrier in further prioritizing mealtime management and advancing mealtime care.
Keyword Aging
Eating perceptions
Health care
Intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 19 Mar 2015, 09:56:31 EST by Professor Elizabeth Ward on behalf of School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences