Diet team for care res­i­dents

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A NEW ser­vice is help­ing care home res­i­dents eat well to get the nu­tri­tion they need.

The di­etet­ics ser­vice – funded by NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) and pro­vided by East Cheshire NHS Trust – is run by two ex­pert di­eti­tians and a di­etetic as­sis­tant who visit care homes to make sure that res­i­dents are eat­ing the right diet. They ad­vise on nu­tri­tional care plans and signs and symp­toms of mal­nu­tri­tion and de­hy­dra­tion. They aim to en­sure res­i­dents are only pre­scribed food nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments when nec­es­sary.

Pre­scrib­ing sup­port di­eti­tian Cather­ine Voyce said: “Thirty to 40 per cent of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to a care home are at risk of mal­nu­tri­tion. Yet ef­fec­tive, early treat­ment will re­duce vul­ner­a­bil­ity to ill­ness while im­prov­ing qual­ity of life and re­duc­ing hospi­tal ad­mis­sions.”

The ser­vice sees res­i­dents within two weeks of a GP re­fer­ral.

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