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.
International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)
The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) is a global standard with terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened fluids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages, in all care settings, and for all cultures. The IDDSI framework consists of a continuum of 8 levels (0-7). Levels are identified by text labels, numbers, and colour codes to improve safety and identification. The standardised descriptors and testing methods will allow for consistent production and easy testing of thickened liquids and texture modified foods.
The IDDSI website has useful resources and FAQ section: https://iddsi.org
The IDDSI YouTube channel has useful videos and webinars for viewing.