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“HUNGRY TO BE HEARD CAMPAIGN” PROGRAM

WHAT Mealtime volunteers work with nursing care homes and hospitals to make sure elderly get the correct nutrition and service at mealtimes.
WHYTo prevent malnutrition in the elderly at nursing care home facilities and hospitals.To improve overall nursing home care and quality.
WHEREAge UK and Age Concern. Abbott Nutrition.
United Kingdom.


Program Description


"...Age UK has campaigned to improve hospital mealtimes. We have called on hospitals to provide nutritious food that people in later life enjoy and which is suitable for their dietary needs. For those who enter hospital malnourished or become malnourished during their stay, we have called for effective systems to be put in place, such as regular screening, to ensure that people get the help and treatment they need."
-ageuk.org.

The "Hungry to be Heard Campaign" Program asks that nursing care homes and hospitals:

-Consult elderly about hospital menus‚ meal requirements, preferences
-Nursing care staff become "food aware" and take responsibility for elderly nutritional needs
-Nursing and hospital staff follow professional codes
-Assess elderly for malnourishment
-Introduce protected mealtimes where elderly are given appropriate assistance to eat meals when needed and sufficient time to eat meals.
-Use a red tray system which signals elderly who need assistance eating their meal
-Use trained mealtime volunteers for added help and support at mealtimes

Elderly malnutrition is a problem that can lead to serious consequences such as:

-Longer hospital stays
-Increased need for medications
-Increased risk of suffering from infection or death

Nursing home meal time Volunteers are equipped with a "Hungry to be Heard" kit that includes a CD, tray, nutrition checklists and dinner napkins. Meal time volunteers go through a one day training covering elderly malnutrition, awareness of seniors' needs and a focus on dementia.
source: age.uk.org

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