Nutrition and Hydration

It has been reported in the press that thousands of older people risk being left without enough food or drink or choking at overstretched and unsafe care homes. The Independent newspaper has uncovered these facts.

They suggest that in the past three years inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have found hundreds of older people’s care homes are failing on legally required standards for nutrition and hydration.

CQC inspectors have identified serious cases where residents have gone for almost a week with the equivalent of two cups of water and “minimal food”. While others have been put at risk of choking after being served food they can’t chew.

  • Records released by the CQC under the Freedom of Information Act show that in the past three years 434 care homes have been found falling short of the standards.
  • Abuse is taking place in 99% of care homes in England, survey shows
  • NHS cost cutting leaving disabled people ‘interned’ in care homes
  • One in six care homes risks closing as sector is ‘pushed to brink’

In 2017 136 care homes were given CQC sanctions requiring them to improve and some were stripped of registration.

To meet the CQC’s standards, the regulations specify it must cater to people’s religious and dietary needs and provide “suitable and nutritious food and hydration which is adequate to sustain life and good health”

Ashfield organise and present courses on Nutrition and Hydration, MUST and Malnutrition and Dehydration. We are also able to produce bespoke courses according to specific needs that you and your organisation may have.

We are here to help you, your staff and the organisation as a whole. So if you feel this is an area in which you require additional training on, we can work with you. Please get in touch with us on 0800 012 6085 to discuss how.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read through this blog, I hope it has been useful to you. If you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Mike Redworth
Senior Clinical Lead

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