Preventing malnutrition in later life

Reflecting on food standards in hospitals

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In 2013, Dianne Jeffrey took up chairmanship of the Hospital Food Standards Panel, which in August 2014 published a selection of standards to improve hospital food. In this piece, Dianne, who is also chair of the Malnutrition Task Force, reflects on the progress made on hospital food standards since the Panel’s publication and looks to see what more needs to […]

Salford Partnership scoops national award in fight against malnutrition

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Congratulations to Salford who are celebrating after winning a national award for its continuing efforts to combat malnutrition amongst older people in the city. The Salford Malnutrition Task Force Prevention Programme site collected the 2016 excellence in public health and wellbeing award at the House of Commons in late June. The Salford site is made up of representatives […]

Boosting appetite for someone with dementia or a frail appetite

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Has your loved one gone off meals? Perhaps they’ve lost confidence in the kitchen? As part of Carers Week, Seniors Helping Seniors provide some great suggestions on how to rekindle their interest. Seniors Helping Seniors are an at-home care service providing support for older people in areas like meal preparation, shopping, transportation and house maintenance in east Kent.  The […]

Understanding good nutritional and hydrational care for people with dementia

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This week is Dementia Awareness Week, designed to raise awareness of the condition and get people talking. In this blog, Dr Jane Murphy, Associate Professor at Bournemouth University and registered nutritionist and dietitian, talks about important new tools she and her colleagues have developed to help care staff provide excellent nutritional and hydrational care to those […]

Interactive workshops for improving dignity and nutrition in hospitals

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Last year, the London School of Economics published research showing that older, more vulnerable patients were more likely to face a poor experience in hospital with regard to dignity and help with eating. Following this research, Age UK (a co-sponsor of the Malnutrition Task Force), LSE, and NHS England are holding workshops for health professionals. During […]

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