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Hot off the press –Nutrition and hydration in managing falls

Hot off the press –Nutrition and hydration in managing falls ›

The new edition of Managing Falls and Fractures in Care Homes for Older People – good practice resource published by the Care Inspectorate (Scotland) and NHS Scotland has recently been launched. This resource aims to help care home staff to understand the importance of taking a proactive approach to preventing falls and to support older people…

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Meat is NOT the new tobacco!

Meat is NOT the new tobacco! ›

30th October 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

Headlines this week suggesting that meat is as dangerous as cigarettes or asbestos were highly misleading. The press’s interest followed the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluation on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red and processed meat. IARC classified the consumption of processed meat (e.g. ham, bacon and salami) as carcinogenic, and…

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Do you want to join in nutritionDay 2015?

Do you want to join in nutritionDay 2015? ›

23rd October 2015 | Categories: Adult Social Care , Food & Nutrition

nutritionDay is a worldwide annual benchmarking initiative for all types of hospital wards and nursing homes. It aims to improve knowledge and awareness of malnutrition in health care facilities, and enhance the quality of nutritional care. This should already be a priority in care homes, but nutritionDay may provide a platform to facilitate this, and…

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Sometimes we need to remember the simple things in life!

Sometimes we need to remember the simple things in life! ›

17th October 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

Readers of this blog will appreciate the concern around prevalence of malnutrition and dehydration in older adults, and that much of the regulation around care home nutrition focusses on prevention of this. Rightly so – malnutrition has an enormous detrimental impact – clinically, financially and for quality of life. So some progress has been made…

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Lessons for Communication of Malnutrition

Lessons for Communication of Malnutrition ›

9th October 2015 | Categories: Adult Social Care , Food & Nutrition

Malnutrition Task Force It is rewarding to see research in malnutrition including the people that are actually involved with the day to day care of older people. So I was delighted to come across this week a Malnutrition Task Force report undertaken to investigate which types of malnutrition messages may be effective, which included research…

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Eating Away at Cognitive Decline

Eating Away at Cognitive Decline ›

25th September 2015 | Categories: Dementia , Food & Nutrition

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. So what better time to look at research investigating how nutrition may have an impact on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Dietary patterns and risk of Alzheimer’s disease There is growing awareness that lifestyle factors, not just genetics, play an important role in the development…

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Dangerous Bananas?

Dangerous Bananas? ›

20th September 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

Further to some weeks of serious blogging where many complex areas of nutrition have been covered, it is time perhaps for a more light-hearted look at news that surrounds one of the UK’s favourite fruits – the banana. It is sometimes said that eating a lot of bananas at once could be dangerous – it…

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Good nutrition – Food for thought

Good nutrition – Food for thought ›

6th September 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

A report, Food for thought: promoting healthy diets among children and young people was published by the British Medical Association Board of Science, recently. This report not only looked at issues within this younger age group, but also includes a wider look at practical ways of tackling the growing problem of diet-related ill health. Some…

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End of Life Care – More care, less pathway

End of Life Care – More care, less pathway ›

1st September 2015 | Categories: End of Life Care , Food & Nutrition

As more of us live longer, the awareness of the greater complexity of need in the last days, months and years of life has increased. This, together with the projected rise in numbers of people dying over the next couple of decades, reinforces the importance that providing care and support to people with terminal illness…

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Are oral nutritional supplements being prescribed inappropriately?

Are oral nutritional supplements being prescribed inappropriately? ›

23rd August 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) are a common treatment for malnutrition, and have been shown to have clinical benefit when prescribed appropriately. The increasing drive to improve nutritional management of service users in care homes has led to some improvement in menus and screening for malnutrition, but the use of ONS may still be an area…

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