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Managing malnutrition for older people in residential care

Managing malnutrition for older people in residential care

Ojo, Omorogieva ORCID: 0000-0003-0071-3652 (2016) Managing malnutrition for older people in residential care. Nursing and Residential Care, 18 (9). pp. 470-475. ISSN 1465-9301 (doi:https://doi.org/10.12968/nrec.2016.18.9.470)

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Abstract

Malnutrition is a major concern for those in the care sector. In this article, Omorogieva Ojo discusses how malnutrition can be managed in the care home using oral nutritional supplements (ONS), such as powders, sip feeds and thickened drinks. Residential care provides a unique environment, offering support for older people, in order to help with the activities of daily living, including eating and drinking. With an increase in the aging population in the UK, the number of older people living in care homes has been predicted to rise by 24% in 2020, further signifying the importance of residential care (Forbes, 2014). However, concerns remain with respect to the high prevalence of malnutrition in residential care, the associated complications, its impact on morbidity and mortality, and the cost of interventions to restore the normal nutritional status of residents (Woo et al, 2005; Nazarko, 2014). In addition, concerns have also been expressed by health experts based on a study which revealed that patients who are admitted to hospital from care homes are more likely to be dehydrated than those who are admitted from their own homes (Learner, 2015). Therefore, the aim of this review is to evaluate the use of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) and diet modification in managing malnutrition in residential care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malnutrition, Older People, Residential care
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 09:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15940

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