Tackling Malnutrition

Client & CAREGiver having lunch
Client & CAREGiver having lunch

Recently the BBC released a report about the effects of malnutrition in the UK. Malnutrition is causing thousands of hospital admissions every year and more than 2,000 cases of patients with malnutrition were recorded by 43 hospital trusts in a single year.

Age UK has expressed concern that a majority of these cases of malnutrition are older people.

Home Instead supports the view of Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK who said, "In a civilised society people should not be suffering from malnutrition - these figures are shocking.

"Health professionals and those in social care need to get better at spotting the signs and then making sure that a suitable care plan is put in place to ensure those at risk of malnutrition do not slip through the gaps between services and get consistent treatment and support.”

At Home Instead, we are dedicated to providing the highest-quality care for older people in the comfort of their own homes, offering a wide range of one-to-one services tailor made to the needs of the individual. These services include shopping and meal preparation and assistance with eating. We can also try and match CAREGivers with cultural and religious background to ensure that all our Clients have their meal prepared to their wishes.

Older and elderly adults who are struggling to maintain a healthy and balanced diet may find they could benefit from some guidance and support, and that is where Home Instead can help. Our dedicated caregivers can take their clients to the shops to purchase healthy food, and can also help to prepare meals that are nutritious and enjoyable.

Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead UK says, “Our homecare service assures the health and wellbeing of clients and brings piece of mind to their families.

“All too often, older people skip meals or do not have a balanced diet. With regular care visits our CAREGivers are on the lookout for signs of poor eating habits and can ensure that the fridge and cupboards are well stocked and in many instances, ensure that our clients do not eat alone.”

For more information about Home Instead and the services provided, please call 0203 226 0930.

If you would like to read the full article from the BBC, you can find it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34777348