7.30 Report - Featuring Lantern's Advisory Services
Lantern was featured as the Positive Example in a recent ABC 7.30 Report Story
Lantern was featured as the Positive Example in a recent ABC 7.30 Report Story
Lantern's Advisory Work with Lutheran Services featured on the ABC Radio National Program recently. Demonstrating the positive impact of focusing on the food, nutrition and dining experience with Lantern.
Watch a quick video introducing some of the Lantern Conference 2021 Speakers and book your seats to the event on Nov 5 today!
We had an awesome lineup of 21 speakers at this year's Lantern Conference. The ONLINE EVENT was held on November 6, 2020 and featured keynote sessions from -
Sean Rooney, CEO LASA
Pat Sparrow, CEO ACSA
Nick Brown, CEO Aged Care Guild
Nick Ryan, CEO Lutheran Services
Prof John Pollaers, Chancellor of Swinbourne University
Ilsa Hampton, CEO Meaningful Ageing
Prof Colleen Cartright, Southern Cross University
Ivan Zrinscak, Head of Hospitality ACH Group
Loretta Reiken, Dignity in Dining
Gabrielle Thoreau, Food Safety and Hospitality Consultant
Dr Sam Fien, Lecturer Central Queensland University
Allison Fei and Eden Leung, Bond University
Dr Kirsty Maunder, CBORD
Monique Pockran, Leef Independent Living Solutions
Jennifer Luke, PhD Candidate
Dr Cherie Hugo, Founder of The Lantern Project
Rebecca Pay - Lutheran Services
Debra Charlton, Calvary Health
Colin McDonnell, Dementia Consultant Calvary Health
Dr Kylie Wales, OT University of Newcastle
Watch the video (above) and be sure to join us for more fun across 2021!
We have been sharing LANTERN LOCK DOWN TIPS to help aged care providers and loved ones of residents within aged care help minimise the known risk of the current necessary COVID-19 restrictions on malnutrition. There are simple steps homes, staff and friends/family can take to ensure aged care residents don't fall victim to malnutrition during "physical isolation". Here's a few words from our founder, Dr Cherie Hugo on the topic. Check out The Lantern Project Facebook Page posts over March and April for simple ideas to consider.
The Lantern Project and CBORD invite you to join us in gathering the nation's most loved and trusted recipes. The Taste of Heritage recipe initiative has 3 goals - 1. To address the increasing problem of social isolation, 2. To encourage generations to connect in a meaningful way (sharing great recipes) and 3. To help us to develop a national database of generation-specific recipes for aged care homes to access.
We invite individuals and schools to connect with older community members and residents within aged care homes across the country using our online tool to chat, share favourite recipes and be part of a movement towards meaningful change. The initiative will launch in the coming week and begin featuring some of the wonderful recipes via The Lantern Project Website (www.TheLanternProject.com.au) and via The Lantern Project Australia facebook page. To register your interest (as an individual, a school or an aged care home), contact us today.
STOP PRESS!! We've been in the news a lot lately. Here are a few links...
Click here to hear The Lantern Project on Radio National's Future Tense with Dr Rebecca Huntley
What is it? A competition for recognition of excellence in food preparation in the aged care setting.
Who can be involved? Aged care catering staff Australia-wide.
When? Start capturing your pictures now!
1. Follow us on Instagram - @thelanternprojectoz
2. Capture and upload your creative challenge dish to Instagram
3. Tag your pic with @thelanternprojectoz
4. Include the following information in the message – Dish Name, Aged Care Organisation Name and the your state.
5. Apply the following taglines - #lanternfood #agfg #thelanternproject #agedcare #food, #LanternCreativeChallenge
Friday, August 5, 2022 - Lantern August Collaboration Meeting - Lantern Leadership Meeting (closed)
Friday, September 2, 2022 - Lantern September Collaboration Meeting - AGED CARE WORKFORCE
Friday, October 7, 2022 - Lantern October Collaboration Meeting
Friday, November 4, 2022 - LANTERN CONFERENCE 2022 - GOLD COAST
Our monthly meetings focus on industry "pain points" related to aged care food, nutrition and dining experience. Our July 2021 Lantern Meeting offered a followup response to our initial meeting on the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) and Aged Care Food. Here's a recording of part of our meeting discussions.
Our February 2021 Lantern meeting was devoted to an Industry "Show and Tell" with 6 organisations sharing ideas and innovations they have recently implemented in the Food, Nutrition and Dining Experience space. Great ideas which we will be working with organisations to share via our Lantern Little Things Video Series. If you have a great idea that you would like to "Show and Tell" at our upcoming meetings, get in touch!
Our October monthly Lantern meeting was dedicated to sharing great examples of CONTINUING CARE, CONNECTION and SERVICES DURING COVID19. We had 3 guest speakers - Grace Fryga (Loqui Speech Pathology, Dr Jaimon Kelly - My Nutrition Clinic Dietitian and Lecturer at Griffith University and Dr Kylie Wales, OT and Lecturer at University of Newcastle - leading the discussion.
Our September monthly Lantern meeting was dedicated to assisting participants to prepare their COVID-19 plans using the PRE-MORTEM PLANNING process. We had 2 guest speakers - Ivan Zrinscak (Head of Hospitality ACH GROUP) and Gabrielle Thoreau (Hospitality and Food Safety Consultant) - leading the discussion. A link to one of the Pre-Mortem Planning tools is provided below.
If you missed our conference to finish up 2019, click here to see a snapshot of speakers and topics and be sure to mark Nov 6 2020 in your calendar for the Lantern Conference 2020.
If you are yet to join in to The Lantern Project - here's our last year in a nutshell to give you a snapshot of what our project (and members) are all about!
Sound up for a fun run through last year.
Eating alone during lockdown increases risk of malnutrition amongst older adults. Here are some simple ways to improve the experience (and reduce the risk) of eating alone during lockdown. Check our our video which shares some of the simple strategies we've been encouraging over lock down.
Social isolation increases risk of malnutrition amongst older adults. During COVID-19 restrictions, we've been sharing simple ways that everyone (loved ones of residents and aged care organisations) can help reduce this risk. Check our our video which shares some of the simple strategies we've been encouraging over lock down.
The latest data for the Mandatory Quality Indicator Results are in for the last quarter collected (July to Sept 2020). Here's the Lantern snapshot infographic for you outlining data trends since July last year. We interpret these figures still with significant caution and continue to advocate for more meaningful data in terms of malnutrition across the country.
Pressure Injuries decreased from July 2019 to June 2020 but have increased in the last quarter.
Intent to restrain AND Use of physical restraint devices has gradually decreased consistently since the Mandatory Quality Indicators began in July 2019.
Unplanned Weight Loss levels have worsened again after improving significantly last quarter. This still is no great proxy for malnutrition.
Amidst the current flurry with COVID-19, a quick reminder that food, nutrition and mealtime experience are the foundation of immune function and health outcomes.
Current restrictions for aged care residents are vital given they are vulnerable HOWEVER...
Research shows that Social Isolation & Loneliness immediately:
- further increases the risk of malnutrition across our homes
- Malnutrition reduces immune function, increases risk of infection, falls, hospital admissions & quite clearly, death.
Lantern research shows simple strategies, incl staff engagement, can reduce malnutrition by 44% in 3 months.
MESSAGE TO ALL AGED CARE PROVIDERS - Catering services & staff support around mealtimes are more vital than ever right now. Opportunities to improve the mealtime experience for residents CAN improve intake & malnutrition levels. Join The Lantern Project for support in this space.
MESSAGE TO AGED CARE CATERING TEAMS - NOW is your time to step up & demonstrate how your service can positively impact our most vulnerable during this difficult time. Join The Lantern Project for support in this space.
The Nourish Study was presented at LASA Congress 2017. This 3 month intervention demonstrated The Lantern Approach - special food first strategies, staff education along with the removal of supplements - offered positives all around. For more information, check out the digital poster presentation and contact us.
Spoiler alert.....More on Supplements and Less on Fresh Food.
In case you missed our presentations at LASA Congress 2017, we've posted the digital posters to keep you updated on some of the latest Lantern Research.
A few moments of your time can make a huge contribution to our work. Sharing one food memory will go a long way in helping us share much needed evidence to further improve the dining experience for nursing home residents. Grab a cuppa and share your aged care food experience.
STOP PRESS!! We made the news again. Thankyou Terraces Assisted Living Centre's staff and residents and Bond University for helping on the day!
The Lantern Project came about from an urgent need for change. I am a dietitian and I work in aged care every day. Current statistics show 50-80% of aged care residents in Australia are malnourished and I know there's ample room to improve on this. In order to look for ways to make positive change we began The Lantern Project - a national collaboration with the central goal to improve quality of life through great food and nutrition. This project is not about finger-pointing or laying blame, it is about getting in and working out tangible solutions that will work for everyone. Above all, it is about giving aged care residents the quality of life they deserve through improving the food and dining experience. And that is something every Australian deserves.
Dr Cherie Hugo, Founder
If you enjoyed the 8 "Little Things" videos from the 2017 and 2018 Lantern Aged Care Food Safari, then stay tuned....We will be heading out on safari again in 2019 and will be sharing the next instalment in the "Lantern Little Things" videos.
Here's the background -
Factors affecting the dining experience in aged care homes are complex and the constraints are many. Often within this complex environment, the ability to innovate revolves around a culture that encourages staff to trial small novel ideas and gauge impact. The purpose of The Lantern Aged Care Safari "Little Things" project is to immerse within the culture of a number of identified innovative aged care food service settings to identify, document and further explore the impact of one novel idea (one “simple thing”) with the purpose to video capture the innovation, share the video via The Lantern Project, to inspire aged care homes Australia-wide.
The result? We will produce a short sweet video highlighting the great work from a few aged care homes and share it across social media. It's all about posting good news stories and we invite you to register your innovative organisation for the next round. Contact us via email to nominate your organisation today.
The Lantern Project Collaborative meets on the Gold Coast on a monthly basis to progress the work of the project, to strengthen our networks and work towards our individual and shared goals.
The meetings are held over a light breakfast on the first Friday of each month from 7.30am-9am. Participants can join in person or via teleconference.