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Liberal diets in LTC: The what, where, why & how can this be done by dietitians?

Date and Time
April 27, 1 - 2 pm ET

We have all heard about "liberal diets" for seniors but what does this really mean? How does this show up exactly, and if so, what is then the role of the dietitian? Suzanne will review Best Practices/Research behind liberal diets, and why strict diets don’t work in LTC. She will walk through practical ideas that dietitians should consider when it comes to implementing liberal diets, dealing with family members/medical staff that have different opinions/ideas, and improving the overall dining experience. She will touch on her invention "SuzyQ carts" and how this has helped communities bring choices to residents. Working as a clinical dietitian, Suzanne will share three different real-life liberal diet scenarios that have happened to her in the past year, and how she dealt with it.

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About the presenter: 
Suzanne Quiring, CDM, RD 

Suzanne Quiring is a Registered Dietitian both in Canada and USA. She is a member of College of Dietitians of BC, Dietitians of Canada, Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and Dietetics in Health Care Communities (DHCC). She is a Certified Dietary Manager with ANFP, and CSNM. Along with having her two year Continuing Care Administrator’s diploma, she has over 30 years experience in the Health Care Community food service industry as a Director of Food Services, dietitian, post-secondary teacher, and consultant.

Suzanne has personally worked in all areas of Senior Living communities - from assisted living, skilled nursing care, palliative care, dementia care, brain injury, extended care and acute care - she has an appreciation as to the practical and real challenges of providing great meal service to residents, regardless of care level. She works part time as a clinical dietitian in the healthcare field to "keep it real".

In 2000, Suzanne invented the SuzyQ cart System, which is a movement on an improved way on "how" we typically do meal delivery in our LTC dining rooms, which allows for more resident interaction & choice, hotter food and less food waste resulting in significant dollar savings. To date, she has helped over 1,000+ communities throughout North America improve the dining experience for Residents with mobile meal service.  

Suzanne has been published in 10 peer reviewed publications and been a speaker at Regional and National professional Health Care conferences across North America. She was awarded the Marie Taylor Award for Excellence in Long Term Care by Dietitians of Canada in 2015, and ANFP National Dining Distinction Award winner for 2020.

Suzanne spends her time providing education support to Senior Living communities via webinar classes, conference speaking, & email/phone support to folks that are motivated to make a positive change in their dining room & hallway services. She shares her passion & experience on "how" meal service can be done as resident focused as possible, the culture change that is needed, to ensure loneliness, helplessness and boredom are challenged. She is a big supporter of the Eden Alternative and Pioneer Network organizations. 
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