Dietetics Service

Dietitians are food specialists. They are health professionals with a preventive as well as curative mission. They ensure the quality and healthiness of the patients' food depending on their health, lifestyle and age.

Dietitians are part of the medical / paramedical team and are supervised by doctors.

Indeed, unbalanced diet can have dramatic consequences in terms of mortality, morbidity, increasing the duration and costs of hospitalization not to mention the impact on the quality of life.

Dietetics is associated to curative or preventive treatments for numerous pathologies like diabetes, obesity, nephropathies, digestive pathologies and more.

The job of dietitians in a functional re-education and rehabilitation center has several levels:

In hospitalization units:

  • They give food advice to patients and to their relatives depending on their needs
  • They work within the multidisciplinary medical team (doctors, nurses, auxiliary nurses, speech therapists, pharmacists,...) to ensure a followed-up diet for the patients
  • The work with the catering services to adapt the meals to the different pathologies (textures, allergies, intolerances...)
  • They make sure the patients and their relatives know enough about dietetics when the patients return home or when they enter a specialized medical institution...

In the kitchen:

  • They make sure the chef and the caterers offer balanced menus and that the menus match the different diets of the patients
  • They control dishes made for patients and their acceptability
  • They ensure hygiene rules are respected
  • The work with the head caterer for foodstuffs purchase

Staff and Patients training:

Dietitians make sure the competences of both the medical staff and diet caterer (who controls the training of the kitchen staff) are up to date.

He also creates groups of patients (ex: chronic lower back pains...)

Individual consultations for patients hospitalized during dayshift:

  • They evaluate the patients food habits and adapt nutritional providing to their age and condition (following medical prescription)
  • They give food advice to the patients and their relatives depending on their needs.
  • They draft personalized documents like food plans, food equivalences and any other document to answer the patients' demands.
  • They work with the multidisciplinary medical team (doctors, nurses, auxiliary nurses, speech therapists, pharmacists,...) to ensure a followed-up diet for the patients

Hygiene :

  • They closely work with the hygienist about food hygiene (therapeutic cooking, central cooking, satellite cooking,...)