Preventing malnutrition in later life


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Other websites with useful malnutrition resources include:

BAPEN - a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community

Care Quality Commission – public body that ensures hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. It also encourages them to make improvements

Carers UK – organisation that supports the 6.5 million people in the country who are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill

Wessex Academic Health Science Network – This local AHSN has developed training packages for health, social care and voluntary sectors on nutrition, as well as care pathways for older people at risk of malnutrition

To see statistics on malnutrition in the UK, please view our Malnutrition Factsheet.

  • Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration

    This initiative aims to reduce the number of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in care home residents which require antibiotics or admission to hospital. Developed in partnership with East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, it is now delivering sustained improvements to keep residents in care homes happy and healthy.

    Visit their website for guidance, toolkits and resources:

  • An integrated approach to addressing malnutrition in all settings - Derbyshire County Council

    An overview of a project featuring numerous stakeholders in Derbyshire healthcare coming together to tackle malnutrition, following concerns that older people being admitted to care homes from hospitals and the community were malnourished.

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  • Food First - Prevention and management of malnutrition in Bedfordshire

    An overview of "Food First," a project led by a team of dieticians in Bedfordshire who train and provide resources to health and social care staff in the community and in local care homes.

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  • Focus on Undernutrition – County Durham

    An overview of "Focus on Undernutrition," a project in County Durham that raises awareness of malnutrition and helps to prevent, identify and manage people at risk of malnutrition in their own homes, care homes and community hospitals.

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  • Focus on Undernutrition - County Durham

    An article on the above project in County Durham, taken from "Stir it Up" catering magazine.

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  • Good Food and a Good Time - Elior

    An overview of a project from Elior, a contract catering company, trying to improve nutrition, hydration and social engagement for vulnerable residents in care homes.

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  • Hydration project – Four Seasons Health Care

    An overview of a project from Four Seasons Health Care, owner and operator of more than 500 care homes and specialised care centres with oversight of more than 26,000 people, to promote good hydration within their facilities.

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  • Lambeth and Southwark Action on Malnutrition Project: Auditing Nutritional Care Guidelines in Care Homes

    An overview of an audit of nutritional care in care homes in Lambeth and Southwark. Results showed that, at first glance, the care homes appeared to be meeting the recommended nutritional care guidelines but closer inspection revealed that a significant proportion of residents were not receiving the nutritional care they required.

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  • Personal Plans for Best Care: Identifying and managing malnutrition risks in Dartford care homes

    An overview of a service from Dartford PCT (Primary Care Trust) which ensured that all nursing home residents at nutritional risk and/or on oral nutritional supplements were assessed and reviewed by the dietetic service. The service was set up following studies that showed whilst around half of nursing home residents were at risk of malnutrition, only 12% were referred to the community dietetic service.

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  • Raising Their Game: Staff Equipped to Tackle Malnutrition in five nursing homes in Islington

    An overview of a project aimed at delivering education and training for staff at five care homes in Islington, following an audit which uncovered poor practice around identifying, preventing and monitoring malnutrition in the homes.

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  • Sharing knowledge and taking responsibility: a three year Nutritional Care Strategy for Adults in Dorset

    An overview of a project in Dorset which has seen community and professional partners coming together to implement a three year Nutritional Care Strategy. Prior to the implementation, it was estimated that 32-42% of care home residents, 25% of those receiving care at home and 14% of the general population in Dorset were at risk of malnutrition.

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  • Community Nutrition Support Project in Swindon

    An overview of Swindon's "Community Nutrition Support Project" that aims to improve the identification, treatment and monitoring of malnutrition in adults in the community. Covers care homes, GP surgeries and the wider community.

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  • Quality Standard for Nutrition Support in Adults

    A document from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) on quality standards when it comes to nutritional support

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  • Poster for care homes

    "What are you doing to prevent malnutrition in your residents?" poster

    Download (2.81 MB)

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