The New Dining Practice Standards were released September 7!
Pioneer Network in conjunction with CMS convened the Food & Dining Clinical Standards Task Force. The event brought together professionals from multiple clinical disciplines including ADA, AMDA, NADONA, ASHA, AOTA, etc to discuss and agree upon dining practice standards supporting person centered care and culture change values.
It was a humbling experience for me to seated at the table (representing ADA) with professionals from clinical associations making decisions that will impact thousands of elders across the nation.
The New Dining Practice Standards reflects evidence based research meshed with current thinking. There are 10 Standards which can be simplified to the following:
- Individualized Liberal Diets
- Real Food First
- Honoring Food Choices
- Shifting from staff control to individualized support of self-directed care
- New Negative Outcome
Bottom line, elders have the right to choose what they wish to eat, when they wish to eat, and how much they wish to eat. Our job as health care professionals is to respect their wishes. Another key part of our job is to educate them on choice, beneficial versus detrimental, and allow them to choose. Even those that cannot verbalize reveal their choices each time they refuse a food item.
CMS F281 Professional Standards will catalogue these standards along with the others developed by professional organizations and reference them when necessary.
My last blog, Letting Go of Therapeutic Diets, examines the Individualized Liberal Diets. My next blog will look at Real Food First.