Diet team for care residents
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.