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The importance of nutrition

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Combatting Malnutrition in Older Adults

Scope of the Issue

Malnutrition affects over 10 percent of older people, with 19 to 30 percent of individuals admitted to hospitals, care homes, or mental health units at risk.

Statistics and Impact

  • Prevalence: Over 90,000 individuals receiving home care services in the UK could be at risk of malnutrition.
  • Economic Burden: Public expenditure on disease-related malnutrition in 2007 exceeded £13 billion annually.
  • Health Impact: Malnourished patients experience longer hospital stays, higher surgical complication rates, and increased mortality.

Strategies for Improvement

  • Leadership: Effective leadership is crucial for instigating cultural changes in food, nutrition, and mealtimes.
  • Staff Training: Comprehensive staff induction and ongoing training are essential for addressing malnutrition risks.
  • Staff Availability: Ensuring adequate staffing levels during mealtimes is vital for providing proper care.

Carer Responsibilities

As a carer, it is essential to:

  • Assess Nutritional Value: Evaluate the nutritional content of meals, not just the quantity consumed.
  • Modify Diets: Adjust diets as necessary to ensure the intake of essential nutrients while respecting individual preferences and dignity.