Nutrition care plans aim to provide an optimal nutrition status to patients. Nutrition care plan goals should be specific and address the root cause of the problem. In this article, we will discuss the various components of a nutrition care plan, including meal preparation. We will also discuss the interventions that can be used to maintain nutritional status after discharge.
Imbalanced nutrition causes weight loss
Imbalanced nutrition is a serious problem for overweight people. It occurs when the body does not get the right amount of calories and fat. Imbalanced nutrition is often associated with the loss of appetite. It is important to maintain a balanced diet to prevent these problems and gain weight.
Imbalanced nutrition can lead to malnutrition and obesity, which are both symptoms of inadequate nutrition. Imbalanced nutrition can be caused by a poor diet, improper eating habits, and unhealthy lifestyle choices. A nurse can evaluate the nutrition status of a patient through a nutrition screening. A nurse can examine lab values, including albumin and prealbumin, to determine if the patient is in need of supplementation. A nurse can also examine mobility, which is an indicator of nutrient deficiency.
Meal preparation is an integral part of a nutrition care plan
Whether your nutrition care plan goals are for weight loss or improved health, meal preparation is an essential part of the process. By prepping meals ahead of time, you can save time and money while achieving your nutrition goals. It is also a great way to minimize temptation to eat unhealthy foods.
Interventions to maintain nutritional status after discharge
Many older people face nutritional risks during their hospitalization. Even more, these patients often are malnourished and weak at the time of discharge. This often results in a “nutrition gap,” where the patient is not able to obtain adequate nutrition after discharge. There is a need to address this gap.
In a randomized trial, two different approaches to nutritional follow-up were compared. The intervention group provided dietary counseling to patients over the telephone or home visits; the control group received standard care without nutritional counseling. Ultimately, the goal of nutritional follow-up was to reduce hospital readmissions and mortality.
Objective assessment data for nutrition care plan goals
Objective assessment data are vital for the development of nutrition care plans. A nurse can obtain this information by conducting a physical examination, taking into consideration the patient’s nutritional status. An adequately-nourished patient is likely to have normal skin and nails, a normal BMI (body mass index), and be energetic. In addition to observing the patient’s general appearance, a nurse will measure the patient’s height and weight. In infants and children, these measurements are used to plot the patient’s height and weight on a growth chart. These charts provide a percentile ranking for the patient’s height and weight across the United States.