Nutritional care for older people
Key messages for practice
- Food and meal times are a high priority for older people and affect their quality of life.
- Malnutrition affects over 10% of older people.
- Routine screening should be carried out to identify those at risk of malnutrition and action should be taken to ensure those at risk receive the right support.
- Giving older people the time, help and encouragement they need to eat can help.
What is the video about?
This film highlights the importance of good nutritional care and hydration for older people living in residential care and in their own homes. The film promotes the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) in identifying those at risk of malnutrition through a simple body mass index calculation. Where height and weight are difficult to measure, the tool suggests alternatives. It is available online (see right column). Food and mealtimes are very important to older people. The film shows how listening to what older people want to eat and preparing fresh food can enhance the meal time experience. The benefits of good hydration are also highlighted.
Who will find this useful?
Commissioners, care catering staff, front-line care workers, managers of residential and home care services and unpaid carers.