The Mini Nutritional Assessment

Today’s post is part of our new series, The Encompass Way. Here, we’ll go over many of the steps involved in setting up a comprehensive care plan, which helps us to provide seniors and their families a complete understanding of the available care options and helps families maneuver through the challenges of the system.

home care omahaFor every client, Physicians Choice Private Duty professionals conducts a comprehensive in-home assessment, complete with a psychological, environmental, functional and medical assessment. This helps us develop a written plan of care and coordinate the health care providers and family members who are responsible for the execution of the plan of care. Once created the plan is then communicated to family members and other members of the care team.

Part of the medical assessment is to determine the nutritional health of the client. Below is an excerpt of how we complete this process — the Mini Nutritional Assessment.

Mini Nutritional Assessment

Has food intake declined over the past three months due to loss of appetite, digestive problems, chewing or swallowing difficulties?

    • 0 = Severe decrease


    • 1 = Does not know


    • 2 = No decrease


Weight loss during the three months?

    • 0 = Weight loss greater than 3kg (6.6 lbs.)


    • 1 = Does not know


    • 2 = Weight loss between 1 and 3 kg (2.2 and 6.6 lbs.)


    • 3 = No weight loss



    • 0 = Bed or chair bound


    • 1 = Able to get out of bed/chair but does not go out


    • 2 = Goes out


Has suffered psychological stress or acute disease in the past months?

    • 0 = Yes


    • 1 = No


Neuropsychological problems?

    • 0 = Severe dementia or depression


    • 1 = Mild dementia


    • 2 = No psychological problems


Body Mass Index (BMI)

    • 0 = BMI less than 19


    • 1 = BMI 19 less than 21


    • 2 = BMI 21 to less than 23


    • 3 = BMI 23 or greater



12-14 = Normal

8-11 = At-risk

0-7 = Malnourished

Currently serving Omaha and surrounding areas, all Encompass services are directed by registered nurses or social workers with no long-term contracts. Contact us todayfor help with your senior care needs.

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