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At Shiloh Hospice & Palliative Care, we understand the importance of nutrition and its impact on the well-being and comfort of hospice patients. We recognize that end-of-life dietary needs can be complex and vary greatly from person to person. That’s why we offer comprehensive dietary counseling services to develop personalized nutrition plans that suit your loved one’s appetite and eating abilities. Learn more about our dietary counseling services below and contact us if you have questions.

Individualized Nutrition Assessment

Our experienced team of healthcare professionals includes registered dietitians who specialize in hospice and palliative care. They conduct thorough and individualized nutrition assessments to understand your loved one’s unique dietary needs, taking into consideration their medical condition, appetite, swallowing abilities, and any dietary restrictions or preferences. This assessment serves as the foundation for developing a customized nutrition plan.

Nutrition Planning and Education

Based on the nutrition assessment, our registered dietitians work closely with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary care team to develop a comprehensive nutrition plan. The plan aims to address specific nutritional goals while considering the patient’s preferences and medical condition. Our dietitians provide education on dietary modifications, portion control, and strategies to manage symptoms such as loss of appetite or difficulty swallowing. They offer practical guidance to ensure that your loved one receives adequate nutrition to support their overall well-being and comfort.

Meal Planning and Adaptation

Our dietary counseling services extend beyond simply providing general guidance. We assist in developing meal plans that are tailored to your loved one’s specific needs and preferences. We consider factors such as food allergies, cultural and religious considerations, and personal tastes. Our goal is to create meal plans that are not only nutritionally balanced but also enjoyable for the patient. We work closely with the culinary team to adapt meals according to the patient’s dietary requirements, ensuring that they receive meals that are both nourishing and appetizing.

Collaboration with Care Team

We believe in the importance of collaboration and teamwork in providing comprehensive care. Our registered dietitians work closely with our care team, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. This collaborative approach ensures that the nutrition plan aligns with the patient’s overall care goals and takes into account any specific medical interventions or treatments. We communicate regularly with the care team, providing updates on the patient’s nutritional status and making any necessary adjustments to the nutrition plan as required.

Navigating Complex Dietary Needs

At Shiloh Hospice & Palliative Care, we are dedicated to providing end-of-life dietary counseling that considers the unique needs and preferences of each patient. Our registered dietitians work closely with patients, families, and the care team to develop personalized nutrition plans that support comfort, well-being, and quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about our dietary counseling services and how we can assist you and your loved ones in navigating the complex dietary needs during the hospice journey.

We Aim For Excellence In All That We Do.

Hospice is committed to providing compassionate support for individuals facing terminal illnesses, caring for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being as they navigate the end of life. Similarly, palliative care shares the same philosophy of comprehensive patient care, extending its services to non-terminal patients, offering them the opportunity to lead longer, happier lives.

  • By law, all healthcare professionals must respect your choice.
  • You don’t need to use the hospice connected to your hospital.

Our dedicated team of professionals aims to ensure that every aspect of your care is tailored to your unique situation and wishes.

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