Q&A: Liberalized Diets = Unneeded RDs?

Q. Cindy, How can RDs support the new person-centered care trend to liberalized diets? If we do this, will there be a need for RDs?

A. This question comes from an RD consultant who was told by her administrator to begin implementing these changes to liberalize diets. Her concern is very far from the truth. There is a lot of education that needs to be done around the benefits of liberalized diets and why this is the best way possible for the residents. Registered Dietitians (RDs), Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs) and Certified Dietary Managers (CDMs) should be leading the way.

If you’re just getting started, familiarize yourself with the New Dining Practice Standards regarding liberalized diets.

When RDs, DTRs and CDMs serve as leaders in this culture change, residents experience better health and restored dignity.

For more about inspiring a service mentality, read Hospitality for Boomers: How to attract residents, retain staff, and maximize profitability. Although it was written about the Baby Boomers we serve, the core information is applicable to any age group. For hands-on help implementing higher service standards, bring Kind Dining® Training to your senior living community. To get started, call 503-913-1978.

About Cindy Heilman

Cindy Heilman MS, DTR: Cindy Heilman has over 25 years of experience in enhancing hospitality, and food service standards. She is the CEO of her own company, Higher Standards LLC, and creator of Kind Dining® Training. Her unique background in restaurant ownership, in hospitality and healthcare food service, in working as a Dietetic Technician Registered and Healthcare Specialist at SYSCO Foodservices, led her to the development of her exclusive program that improves relationships and lives of aging residents through the dining experience.

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