235. Home Care: Best Practices and Future Implications for Our Profession
As citizens age, it is imperative that caregivers monitor nutrition and implement strategies to assist with graceful aging and quality of life. Since 1972, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has operated an innovative healthcare program that brings medical services to veterans at home. This program has resulted in cost-savings and quality of life improvements of these sick patients, who average 19 clinical diagnoses and 15 medications. Patient care has improved in a number of areas, such as outcomes, satisfaction, and coordination. The dual purpose of the session would be to focus on the impact of the RDN on an interdisciplinary care team as well as to discuss the strategies or goals to assist the elderly in maintaining as high a quality of life as possible. Case studies will be discussed and attendees will leave feeling inspired to work with geriatric clients, and to begin to consider providing home nutritional services either for work or as an entrepreneur.
- Describe the VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program and the role of the dietitian in the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Determine how the RDN can have a role in keeping aging seniors at home.
- Identify steps required to implement home care into private practice and other clinical settings.
Learning Need Codes:
- 4190 – Elderly nutrition (stages of life cycle)
- 5030 – Home care (care sites)
- 7070 – Entrepreneurship, private practice
- 12.2.1 Identifies determinants of health and their influence on population health status.
- 3.2.3 Pursues and embraces opportunities to advance practice.
- 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
Cassandra Holt, RDN
In-Patient / Home Based Primary Care Clinical Dietitian
Katherine Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
Home Based Primary Care Advanced Level Practice Dietitian
Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD
National Media Spokesperson
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics