Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
This year organisations large and small are encouraged to take part in a Worldwide Afternoon Tea on March 15 to promote the importance of hydration for all.
Caring Homes was established in 1994 by registered nurse Helena Jeffery and her son Paul. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the most highly respected independent care and support providers in the UK, and remains family run
There are more than 60 Caring Homes care homes across the country and many will be taking part in events organised by home managers or activities co-ordinators to highlight the importance of nutrition and hydration for residents and staff.
For example at Galsworthy House in Kingston upon Thames residents will be enjoying afternoon tea while at Horsell Lodge in Woking the regular hydration bar will be serving up juices, smoothies and other tempting drinks with the aim of increasing residents’ fluid intake.
Research from the British Nutrition Foundation shows that older people are vulnerable to dehydration due to physiological changes in the ageing process. This can be complicated by many conditions plus both mental and physical frailty can further increase the risk of dehydration.
Age-related changes include a reduced sensation of thirst, and this may be more pronounced in those with Alzheimer’s disease or in those that have suffered a stroke. This indicates that thirst in older people may not be relied on as an indicator of dehydration.