Significant challenges in ensuring adequate hydration and nutrition in people with dementia, but no evidence based guidelines exist. Care staff are key, but require skills, knowledge and attitudes to support. Project has gathered information on nutrition-related care from wide range of providers.
Planned quantitative measures of nutritional status in 20 residents across 2 care homes will determine if nutritional needs are met.
Core themes identified were availability of food and drinks, tools and resources, environmental factors, participation in activities, consistency of care and provision of information. Nutritional and hydration needs and meal preferences need to be understood.
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