RNHA advocates screening tool to keep tabs on nutrition

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

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has stressed the need to ensure that vulnerable older people do not suffer from malnutrition. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell has called for extra vigilance from everyone who looks after older people, whether in residential care, hospital or in their own homes. “Maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet in old age is absolutely vital to health and well-being,” said Mr Ursell. “It is something that formal and informal carers alike must take very seriously.” To reinforce his message, Mr Ursell has recommended nursing home managers and staff to make use of a nutritional screening tool developed by the Malnutrition Advisory Group of BAPEN (the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) and supported by the RNHA, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Dietetic Association. Entitled MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool), the tool involves the use of five key steps designed to: # calculate an older person’s body mass index on a regular basis;

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