Course Overview

The course aims to provide learners with knowledge regarding the importance of nutrition and hydration, the implications of malnutrition and hydration and an awareness of how health and nutrition can be promoted in a care setting.

Malnutrition is common in nursing, care and residential home settings. Without continued staff training and resident screening using Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST), malnutrition would have been unrecognised and untreated. The audit also showed that identifying and appropriately treating malnutrition could potentially reduce health care costs, as well as inappropriate prescribing of ONS.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to identify malnutrition and dehydration and be able to use strategies to improve care.

Key Learning Points

  • Understand what is meant by healthy eating.
  • What does nutrition mean?
  • Gain a better understanding of food types
  • Nutrients
  • Nutrition and the elderly
  • Be alert to food lies and manipulations
  • Diabetes
  • What are the implications of malnutrition?
  • Factors leading to malnutrition
  • Screening tool
  • Be alert to food lies and manipulations
  • Understand malnutrition, how it develops and its effects.
  • Understand dehydration and how to treat none serious cases
  • Enabled to promote good health

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