Nutrition & Hydration
The University of East Anglia has undertaken extensive research in exploring how older people, particularly those living in care homes, can be supported to drink well – the best way of preventing low-intake dehydration.
Working collaboratively with care home staff from eleven care homes in Norfolk and Suffolk, UK (with funding support from the Dunhill Medical Trust and UEA Impact Fund), they developed the ‘DrinKit’, a four-part guide to support hydration care in care homes.
- Part 1: Making Drinking Fun Activities and Engagement Toolkit
- Part 2: Drinks Diary
- Part 3: 1-Hour Hydration Training
- Part 4: Hydration Champion Team Training Manual
The Malnutrition Task Force
The Malnutrition Task Force are united to combat preventable and avoidable malnutrition and dehydration among older people in the UK. Established in 2012, they believe that good nutrition and hydration is fundamental to delivering dignified care, and enabling older people to live fulfilling and independent lives.
The MTF works with partners across sectors and settings to raise awareness of undernutrition in later life and its causes, provide information and guidance, and spread best practice and innovation to improve the lives of older people in the UK.
The Malnutrition Task Force is supported by Age UK, apetito, BAPEN, Nutricia and the Royal Voluntary Service.