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Ensuring care home residents get the nutrition and hydration they need

Leni Wood is the nutrition and wellness Manager at Nellsar, a family-run group of 13 care homes throughout Kent, Surrey, and Essex. Here, she explains different complexities and solutions to avoid care home resident malnutrition.

Malnutrition can happen when a person does not get enough nutrients from their diet. Either because there is an issue with absorption in the gut or because they are not eating enough calories or foods containing essential nutrients.

According to the British Dietetic Association (BDA), malnutrition is a major public health issue costing the NHS over £19 billion per year in England alone.

There are approximately three million people in the UK who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition; 93 per cent are living in their own home, five per cent are living in care homes, and just two per cent are in hospitals.

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