Nutrition survey tastes a little bitter


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

|A Government-commissioned survey suggests care home residents are poorly nourished. But, asks Geoff Hodgson, is the survey itself all fat and no protein?| A survey conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) states that elderly people living in care homes have a less healthy diet than those living in their own homes. They are also, according to the survey, more likely to suffer from various nutritionally related illnesses. NatCen¹s Gillian Prior, who organised the research on behalf of the Department of Health, said the survey found that “the proportion of men and women reporting eating fruit and red meat six or more times a week in care homes was about half that in private households” ­ nobody would argue about a regular dietary intake of fruit, but red meat six times a week? One must wonder what other yardsticks were used by the survey¹s engineers. “This is the biggest survey of its kind to compare a representative sample of elderly people living in care homes with those in their own h





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