The Inside Scoop on Informed Choice


A Step-by-Step Guide for Personalizing Diets in Long-Term Care


  • Create person-centered care plans, step by step, using the forms in this guidebook.
  • Define long-term care dining standards and requirements.
  • Explain the five elements of a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) framework as they related to nutrition and dining practices.
  • Describe alternatives to commercial supplements.

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Diane Hall, RD., LD, NHA

8.5 x 11 spiral bound
206 pages

This guide earns valuable CE credits (CEUs) from professional credentialing agencies.

Think about your favorite meal—and then consider how you would feel if you were told you simply couldn’t eat it anymore…no exceptions!Why does this happen all the time in long-term care? Dietitian Diane Hall says there’s no reason for it! A person’s right to express personal food preferences and make dietary choices is an important facet of person-centered care. This pragmatic guidebook for administrators, nurses, food service managers, and dietitians demonstrates step by step how to honor residents’ food choices while also meeting regulatory requirements and reducing liability. The Inside Scoop on Informed Choice clarifies what informed choice and self-directed dining are, and it provides the necessary forms, documentation, and learning activities to simplify the process of implementing a person-centered approach to dining in your care community.

Told in a unique storytelling format, this engaging and user-friendly resource debunks common myths and misinformation about special diets, restricted diets, doctors’ orders, and federal regulations. It shows you just how to satisfy a resident’s right to enjoy his or her favorite foods, preferred mealtimes, and customary eating habits, while also keeping the person safe. Time-saving tools based on federal guidelines and regulations for nursing homes help to streamline the individualization of care plans and include:

  • Sample forms and guidelines, assessment tools, surveys, quizzes, and QAPI-based dining solutions (also available as downloadable resources with purchase of the book)
  • Tip sheets for specialized diets (diabetic, low sodium, cardiac, altered consistency, tube feeding, and fluid restricted)

Each section of the book includes a Learning Center with educational activities that prepare you for a quiz to qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). With the expert resources and explanations offered throughout, The Inside Scoop on Informed Choice is your guide to successfully achieving individualized food services.

Diane Hall, RD, LD, NHA, is an expert consultant and nationally recognized speaker on culture change and dining standards in long-term care. A registered dietitian and licensed nursing home administrator, she began as a dining manager to a nursing home in 1982. She eventually founded Balanced Senior Nutrition, a full-service consulting firm with dietitians servicing nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, and community organizations throughout the Southeast. She remains on the cutting-edge of individualized nutrition care, earning respect in her field by staying current on changing federal and state regulations. She is widely regarded as a visionary and leader in the rapidly changing and progressing field of senior nutrition.

Professional Continuing Education Credits(CE/CEUs)
If you are a dietitian, certified dietary manager, or nurse, you may qualify to receive 6 hours of continuing education credits (CE/CEUs) in association with this book, approved by a professional credentialing agency such as Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CBDM)*, American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC)

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Choose your credentialing organization from the options and make your payment of $30.00.

Once your payment has been processed, you will receive an email with a link to the CEU test. Read the test thoroughly. If you answer 80% or more of the questions correctly, you will have successfully completed this course and will be prompted to download a certificate of completion. The certificate is provided for your portfolio. Please sign, date, and place it in your records. You do not need to submit this form to Balanced Senior Nutrition or to the CDR or ANCC.

*FOR CERTIFIED DIETARY MANAGERS: Continuing education should be reported directly to the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers. Go online to to self-report or to download a CE Report Form.