ECCA poll shows hydration awareness could be better

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

A poll on hyrdration in care homes conducted by the English Community Care Association (ECCA) has demonstraed a need for a clearer understanding of hydration policies. Members of ECCA and the public were asked in what manner fresh drinking water was made available in their care home. The results were as follows: # Available throughout all communal rooms – 32 per cent # Fresh water jugs placed throughout the building, including bedrooms – 31.1 per cent # Only available when requested – 24 per cent # Only provided at meal times – 15.5 per cent ECCA chief executive Martin Green said good hydration, particularly in care homes, was vital as it could help with ulcers, constipation, urinary infections and incontinence. “The results of the poll demonstrate that many care homes know the benefits of good hydration,” said Mr Green. “However, some homes still need to take the key messages and benefits on board. The best practice toolkit that was produced by the Water for Health Alliance, of which ECCA is a

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