Dietetics & Nutrition Services
What we eat is central to our health. The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions such as growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Once a certain nutrient is not present, aspects of function and human health decline.
Thinking about food this way tells us that sometimes nutrition goes beyond calories or grams, but to focus on food that we should include rather than exclude in our diets. Our dietitians will assist you in doing just that.
Our qualified dietitians provide personalized nutritional advice and plan to all in-patients and outpatients in these areas:
- Weight management
- Chronic illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, kidney disease, liver disease, gout
- Cancer (Oncology)
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- General wellness/healthy eating
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Nutrition support for poor oral intake and tube-feeding patients
What Services We Offer
Anthropometry is the measurement of physical dimensions such as height or weight, as well as the fat mass composition of the human body to provide information about a person’s nutritional status.
Anthropometric assessment is an essential feature of geriatric nutritional evaluation for determining malnutrition, being overweight, obesity, muscular mass loss, fat mass gain and adipose tissue redistribution. Anthropometric indicators are used to evaluate the prognosis of chronic and acute diseases, and to guide medical intervention in the elderly.
Diet and lifestyle assessment, we collect detailed information about you. By understanding your health goals, the foods you prefer, how you like to cook, what your favorite drink is, how often you exercise, whether you are sleeping well, how much stress you might be under, and whether you have any existing health concerns, we build a comprehensive picture of not only the factors that could be impacting on your health but also which areas are most important or might be difficult for you to address.
Our advice and recommendations are based on an understanding of your individual lifestyle, diet, the current state of health and health goals. We look at six key areas that affect your overall wellbeing – including diet, activity levels, lifestyle, body weight, stress and any current health concerns. For each section you’ll receive a score from poor to excellent, so you know which areas could do with some improvement and where to prioritize.
This Health & Diet Assessment closely replicates the service you would receive during a private nutrition therapy consultation.
A nutrition intervention is to resolve or improve the nutrition diagnosis or nutrition problem by the provision of advice, education, or delivery of the food component of a specific diet or meal plan tailored to the patient’s needs.
Terminology for nutrition intervention is organized in 4 categories:
Individualized approach for food/nutrient provision
A formal process to instruct or train a patient to impart knowledge to help patient voluntarily manage or modify food, nutrition and physical activity choices and behavior to maintain or improve health
A supportive process, to establish food, nutrition and physical activity priorities, goals, and individualized action plans that acknowledge and foster responsibility for self-care to treat an existing condition and promote health
COORDINATION OF NUTRITION CARE
Consultation to assist in treating or managing nutrition-related problems
Nutrition intervention strategies are selected to change nutritional intake, nutrition-related knowledge or behavior, environmental conditions, or access to supportive care and services. Nutrition intervention goals provide the basis for monitoring progress and measuring outcomes.
Dietitians provide individualized recommendations based on patient’s food preferences, and according to their medical, educational, cultural, and socioeconomic needs.
Initial visits to dietitians often require one hour and follow up visits range from 20 – 30 minutes depending on the diagnosis and level of health literacy.
Dietitians send reports of initials and follow up visits to the referring doctors outlining their complete nutrition assessment and interpretation of patient’s diet and lifestyle. The reports include their recommendations and plans for follow up. It is important to reinforce the messages, encourage the patients to adhere to the recommendations and monitor the patients’ progress.
In-ward Nutrition Support
- Nutrition risk screening
- Individualized meal plan for the critically-ill, malnourished and patients with special needs
- Enteral (tube-feeding) and parenteral nutrition support
Community and Corporate Services
- Health talks and programs at the workplace
- Staff health and nutrition screening program (HRDF-claimable 1-Day Wellness Program)
- Cooking demonstration