Care homes come out well in nutrition survey


Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

People with dementia who live in care homes are less at risk of malnutrition than those living alone or being cared for in hospitals, according to a survey by the Alzheimer¹s Society. The survey found that a third of people with dementia do not receive enough food to eat in hospital whereas the figure was much lower in care homes, at 13%. Adequate hydration was a problem in all scenarios but again, 33% of people with dementia in care homes were said to not get enough to drink, compared with 49% in hospitals. The survey said people with dementia who lived alone in their own homes were especially at risk of not getting enough to eat, with 75% of respondents saying that meals on wheels services did not check that delivered food was eaten. Alzheimer¹s Society chief executive Harry Cayton said that when relatives entrusted the care of their loved ones to professionals they assumed that, at the very least, their basic nutritional needs would be met. “The results of the Alzheimer¹s Society survey clearly show tha





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