Pump up the volume

Supplement drinks can be an important dietary addition for those whose food intake is poor.

Mrs B is an 85-year-old woman living in an aged care facility.

Over the past six months, Mrs B has had a reduced appetite and has lost 10kg. She now weighs 49kg.

Mrs B’s medical history includes oxygen-dependent COPD, depression and arthritis. Nursing staff have raised the idea of starting Mrs B on Sustagen milk drinks at morning tea and afternoon tea.

However, Mrs B is resistant to this idea as she believes milk products increase mucous production.

Mrs B's typical day's intake

8am: 1 piece of toast with butter and jam and 1 cup of black tea.  
10am: 1 cup of black tea.
12pm: Half of her main meal with half a