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Dietary Counseling

The dietitians at Advance Hospice Care meet with patients and caregivers in their homes to establish each patient’s specific nutritional needs and focus on how nutrition impacts a patient’s individualized disease treatment process. In conjunction with the physician, the dietitian may make suggestions about food types that are more appetizing to the patient or ways of preparing or serving the food that make it possible for the patient to eat. They also evaluate the foods in the patient’s home and establish goals to empower healthy food choices.

Dietary Counseling Services:

  • Nutritional assessment of the patient
  • Recommendations for nutrient intake
  • Construction of healthy consumption goals and meal plans
  • Education for patients and families regarding nutrition and hydration issues

Dietary Counseling Is Important To Patients Suffering From:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Alzheimer Disease & Dementia
  • Non-Healing Wounds
  • Tube feedings
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Management
  • Cancer

Dietitians and Terminal Illness

With a terminal illness, there comes a time when the body is no longer creating new cells and building up the body. Cells and tissues begin to break down in what is called a “catabolic” state of metabolism. At this point, the body is no longer taking in nutrients even if food is entering the stomach, and food ingested during this time may be rejected through vomiting or diarrhea. In this circumstance, a dietitian may help determine if the patient has the ability to take the food in and retain it.