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Care Home Nutrition and Dietetics Resources

Malnutrition is caused in part by poor appetite and poor intakes of food and drink resulting commonly in weight loss as well as increased risk of infections and other illnesses. It’s vital as staff within care homes to be able to recognise the signs of malnutrition and initiate treatment as early as possible.

Our videos and guides provide tips for improving resident’s eating and drinking to reduce risk of malnutrition or treat it once diagnosed.

In this webinar we discuss the science behind energy balance and the impact this can have on a care home resident’s weight. We cover practical guidance on identifying patterns in weight and energy intake as well as how to spot concerning, unexpected weight loss in care home residents.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides and websites

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nourishing Drinks guide 

BAPEN

The charity BAPEN raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.

Visit the BAPEN website

In this webinar, we discuss screening for malnutrition risk using the MUST tool. We cover what each MUST score means, and provide the top 10 tips of what to do following MUST screening.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nourishing Drinks guide 

BAPEN

The charity BAPEN raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. They have an easy to use MUST calculator on their website

Use the MUST calculator on the the BAPEN website

In this webinar, we talk about the role and importance of a food first approach in adding extra energy to the diet of a care home resident who is at risk of malnutrition.

We cover food fortification and how this can be applied practically in a care home setting, as well as simple, everyday tips on adding high calorie snacks and nourishing drinks to a resident’s diet.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our 100kcal Booster guide

Read our Importance of Protein in Your Diet guide

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nourishing Drinks guide

BAPEN

The charity BAPEN raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. They have an easy to use MUST calculator on their website

Use the MUST calculator on the the BAPEN website

Support videos

Watch our video below demonstrating how to fortify your foods.

In this webinar we cover the benefits of improving nutrition and hydration and simple ways to do so using recipes for fortified milk and homemade fortified milkshakes.

We cover why homemade fortified milkshakes are recommended for malnourished residents in care homes, and the nutritional value that homemade fortified milkshakes provide.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nourishing Drinks guide 

Support videos

Watch our video below demonstrating how to make a homemade fortified milkshake.

In this webinar, we provide advice on helping nursing home residents with dementia to eat and drink and tips for overcoming the common challenges in providing nutrition to residents with dementia.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our 100kcal Booster guide

Read our Finger Food guide

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Here we discuss progressive conditions and how the symptoms can affect eating and drinking. We cover tips and advice to improving your resident’s nutrition and hydration through assisting to eat and making food and drink more nourishing. 

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our 100kcal Booster guide

Read our Finger Foods guide

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nutrition Tips as Conditions Progress guide

In this webinar, we talk about what end of life means and how aims change from maximising nutrition towards providing comfort and quality of life. We also cover tips for providing food and drink at the end of life.

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our Nutritional Considerations for End of Life guide

The CCG Prescribing Support Dietitians within Berkshire discuss the importance of prescribing Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) appropriately and prioritising a food first approach within care homes.

The team covers what ONS are, when a prescription of ONS may, or may not be appropriate, how patients can get the most out of taking their ONS and the importance of reviewing prescriptions of ONS regularly. 

Questionnaire and certificate

Once you’ve viewed the video, check your learning with this questionnaire and receive a certificate of your nutrition in care homes training.

Complete the questionnaire

Support guides

Read our Making the Most of What You Eat guide

Read our Nourishing Drinks guide