General Session – End of Life Nutrition
End of life represents a challenging time for residents/patients and their loved ones. There is often a dramatic shift in the goals of nutrition care from restorative care and/or medical nutrition therapy to compassionate terminal care or comfort nutrition. Navigating nutrition and hydration at end of life in a supportive and affirming way is an essential feature of quality care. This session will provide an overview of changes experienced at end of life and discuss how food service departments can support end of life nutrition care for patients, residents, and their loved ones.