4/14/2015 8:15 AM
What is so unique about today's rehabilitation centers?
Powerback Rehabilitation is a patient-centered outcome focused interdisciplinary approach that is directed by patient identified goals. It embraces food first with choice in dining including liberalized diets coupled with extensive diet education. One-on-one counseling with a dietitian and diet technician, cooking demos with a chef team, and a unique “Culinary Healing” Bistro menu with Portion Control support the culture. Speech therapy works closely with the dietitian and the kitchen chef to create an individualized diet for each patient’s needs.
What are the challenges of an Open Dining Model?
With an Open or Select Dining model in a Bistro setting, assessment of a person’s intake can be more difficult. Daily meal rounds help to identify and intervene with patients having difficulty selecting proper, healthy foods for their needs and weekly weights ensure that the patients are getting sufficient intake.
Family members can sometimes be a challenge because they may expect more structure rather than a “relaxed normalcy”. However, when a person gains confidence and knowledge in healthy food choice it exemplifies success in patient education and will lead to better management of their diet at home.
What skill set is needed for Dietitians in Rehab?
Dietitians in Rehab need to be organized and efficient. It’s fast paced so you need to be experienced, skilled at nutritional assessment and know how to effectively teach patients in short intervals. We use basic instruction to prepare the person for self- management at home. Upon discharge, we refer to a community nutrition program, as well as other resources for more
Written By Jen Siglin, RD
Powerback Rehabilitation Center, Voorhees, NJ