PATIENT ADVICE - DIETITIAN
At Milestones, we believe that a good diet benefits both the physical body & mental well-being. After learning about our patients' health history, favorite foods, eating and exercise habits, Milestones will help individuals set realistic goals.
Sejal Jacob our Dietitian has been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council for over 30 years and is a firm believer in good nutrition for physical and mental well -being.
She explains "the patients receive high quality care and have good facilities in a small unit. All meals are prepared in house. Individuals also have the opportunity to do their own food preparation as part of their programme"
They are involved in decision making and have input into menus. Mental illness can often have a strong negative impact upon physical health and it is a pleasure to see good food and regular meals having a beneficial effect on health and wellbeing.
Bi-monthly Nutrition Meeting.
In this forum - attended by management, senior nurse, cook and Sejal Jacob, discussion takes place around nutrition, operational policy, service user dietary requirements. It also addresses future considerations. Nutritional problems identified include obesity, underweight, diabetes, constipation and food intolerances. Religious, cultural and ethical dietary choices are accepted and catered for.
New patients are seen 1:1 to assess nutritional status. Any nutritional considerations are then addressed, working with the individual, nursing and OT staff and cook. Follow up visits are made to monitor progress and to give advice.
General nutrition education sessions are given to staff and patients. Topics so far have included general healthy eating, sugar, fat, salt, fibre and caffeine. Future topics will include food and mood, prevention and treatment of constipation, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and other topics that patients and staff request.