It’s UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2019 and care homes are being urged to ensure they recognise and understand the risks of undernutrition and dehydration in later life and what they can do to prevent them.
Screening tools specifically developed for use in the community to detect a person’s risk of undernutrition are available during MAW. Campaign organisers BAPEN will also be running their Nutritional Care Tool Data Collection Week during MAW, to increase the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) in healthcare settings.
Care homes must ensure that all residents have enough to eat and drink and the help that people need to eat and drink when they need it. NICE Clinical Guidance 32 requires that all people in care homes should be screened on admission. Its important that care homes have in place robust mechanisms for measuring, monitoring and implementing interventions to ensure that all residents have a nutritional component to their care plan.