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What do dietitians do?

A registered dietitian (RD) is a trained food and nutrition expert and a regulated health professional. RDs collaborate with clients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to manage nutrition for health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.  RDs translate the science of nutrition into practical guidance that can be used to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.

What dietary services are provided at Baycrest?

Registered dietitians assess nutrition status, provide food and nutrition information, and support clients, patients, and residents to improve their overall health. RDs provide counselling and expert nutrition advice based on best practices and up-to-date research to help manage medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, swallowing difficulties, and wound management. Baycrest RDs order oral diets, oral nutritional supplements, and enteral nutrition, as needed.

The Dysphagia Friendly Cooking Series

videos were designed to help caregivers of people living with dementia and dysphagia (swallowing problems) prepare foods that are safe to eat, tasty, appealing and nutritious and that can be enjoyed by everyone at home. Through the videos, caregivers will learn tricks and tips that will help them modify food texture with tools they have in their kitchen. The videos were developed with support from CABHI, in collaboration with ELLICSR kitchen and George Brown College. Before viewing the videos we recommend you review the IDDSI framework

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Dietitian qualifications

Training to become an RD includes completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university program plus supervised practical training. All RDs at Baycrest are registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.