Dates: TBC for 2018
- Recognise the meaning of nutrition and the different nutrients that are essential for life.
- Explore different feeding methods including oral and enteral feeding and how these relate to the role of the social care practitioner. Parenteral nutrition will be explained on the basis that it is a highly specialised form of feeding which is only undertaken in an acute hospital setting.
- Explore the different nutrients, their food sources and their role in maintaining health using a practical exercise.
- Examine the nutritional needs of older people and establish how to achieve a well-balanced diet for an older person taking into consideration, aspects of lifestyle and health.
- Identify the causes, signs, symptoms and implications of malnutrition on health and wellbeing (including BMI obesity and weight loss). To include discussion of nutrition screening tools and practical use of MUST – Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool, http://www.bapen.org.uk/
- Use the NICE guidelines explore methods of nutritional support including the ‘Foood First Aproach@ as steps to treat malnutrition using easy to procure and prepare basic fooods. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg32
- Discover various sources of practical guidelines for eating and drinking well for older adults such as The Caroline Walker Trust http://www.cwt.org.uk/ and http://focusonundernutrition.co.uk.