Nutrition and Hydration Week, taking place in March 16-22, is an opportunity for care homes to promote food service; catering for special dietary needs and to promote nutritional screening.
It can be used as an education and awareness tool for your senior management, your team, your residents and their families.
Campaign organisers offer the following tips to help you plan your nutrition and hydration week
- Sign up to the Nutrition and Hydration Week Charter
a clear aim about what you want to achieve out of the week:
Highlight to the public your good practices? Raise awareness and educate the public? Raise awareness of your service with a specific professional group?
- Define who your audience is: Customers? Residents? Your team? Other professionals? Tailor your plans and communication messages to meet your audiences’ needs.
- Decide what type of event or events you are holding: An afternoon tea? Exec team helping to serve meals? Poster competition?
- Set up a small team to help plan and deliver your week: What skills do you need? How many people? (Don’t be afraid to ask for favours!) What resources, equipment, etc?
- Publicity – let people know about your plans and events: Use your internal newsletters and social media to help get the word out, send a press release to your local newspapers. Use the campaign resources available online.
- Share your week – Twitter handles are @NHWeek #NHWeek.
- Complete the Nutrition and Hydration Week Continued Education Record to demonstrate your personal commitment to improving your nutritional care knowledge.
Charter and training resources, as well as recipes, invitations, menus and place card templates are available online