At Seasons Care, we LOVE celebrating Nutrition Month! This year, the theme is Find a Dietitian and we are lucky to have so many Dietitians joining our team regularly. We find that there are many folks out there aren’t 100% sure on what a Dietitian does or how to go about taking this career path so in light of Nutrition Month, we’re here to give you the 411!

Registered Dietitians (RDs) use the science of nutrition to help people understand the connection between food and health. They are the most trusted healthcare professionals who help individuals of all ages make informed food choices.

In Ontario, the term “Registered Dietitian” is a protected title. That means an individual cannot call themselves a Registered Dietitian unless they have gone through the proper training, education and registration. Learn more about how to become a Dietitian here.

There are several steps to become an RD. We’ll give you the cole’s notes here: first, complete a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited University program. Then, complete a post-degree program and practical training which provides opportunities to learn on the job. After that, write and pass the licensing exam called the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).

Registered Dietitians are Regulated Health Professionals. Like other health professionals such as dentists, doctors and nurses, it must be a requirement for them to be “registered” in order to practice. In Ontario, they are registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Where do you find RDs?

Dietitians are everywhere! They can be found in hospitals, clinics, grocery stores, the food industry, schools, government, or as entrepreneurs. Of course they work in Seniors Communities and Long-Term Care Homes. Currently, in Long-Term Care Homes (LTC) RDs work 30 minutes per Resident per month.

What is the role of the RD in LTC?

We know all about the importance in having Registered Dietitians in LTC and at Seasons Care, we strive to bring quality RD’s to all Residents. Most Residents in LTC have health conditions that affect their nutrition, like diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. RDs ensure that Residents receive the nutrition and hydration they need to stay well. Studies show that dietitian services contribute to improved quality of life and improved health status.

RDs use their professionalism and communication skills to assess the nutritional needs of our Residents. They collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, PSWs and the Program & Recreation team. RDs also provide education to Residents and their families.

RDs use their knowledge to review and approve the Home’s menu and ensure that it provides adequate calories, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Worried about a Resident who may not be eating well or is having more difficulties eating? Discuss with your registered staff, Nutrition Manager or RD.

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