Our Fluids & Nutrition in Care Training works alongside Standard 8 of the Care Certificate and provides information on the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet for the elderly in a care setting.
- Understand what good nutrition involves and how to spot if your patients aren’t getting what they need to stay healthy
- Learn about food safety, what the risks are and how to avoid them, and who is most at risk from contamination
- Consider how you can support and promote access to the fluids, foods, and nutrients the people in your care both need and want
What we eat and drink is absolutely vital to both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. In our first section, we will look at the importance of nutrition and hydration for those in Care who may not be able to do this for themselves and may rely on you to provide them with all the fluids and nutrients they need.
Whether you regularly prepare meals for your patients or simply supply the odd snack or two, you need to make sure that what you provide them with is safe and free from contamination. There are four main ways in which food can become contaminated. These are: physical, chemical, allergenic and bacterial.
Whenever anybody enters care or receives support from a care worker, even if it’s only short term, an assessment should be made about their nutrition and hydration in order to find out exactly what needs they have. The assessment should be recorded in their Care Plan and should cover whether they have any allergies, whether they need any support eating and drinking.