The Lantern Project is research project centering on the importance of nutrition in the elderly population, as it is estimated that up to 80% of aged care Australian residents are malnourished. It will be headed up by Gold-Coast based dietitian Cherie Hugo, whose private practice team at My Nutrition Clinic consult to more than 15 residential aged care facilities in Queensland and New South Wales.
The aims of the project include:
- Quantifying the value of good nutrition in aged care
- Advocating for more of a focus on nutrition in the Aged Care Funding Instrument
- Advocating for the development of healthy eating guidelines for the elderly, with the focus being on flavours and the joy of eating
- To educate and empower residential aged care facility staff around food and supplements
- To involve aged care residents in edible gardening
- To involve residents and their families in food decisions
- To support the use of Australia produce in aged care facilities
This project is not all about pointing fingers or blaming others, it is actually about working out solutions to help give aged care residents the nutrition and proper care that they deserve.