Lesley Carter: Nurses are key to preventing malnutrition in older people
More nursing care interventions and follow-up in the community after discharge from hospital would help older people avoid malnutrition and its disastrous spiral of ill health, says Age UK’s Lesley Carter
In a society more used to worrying about the health effects of obesity, it’s easy to overlook how serious malnutrition can be for older and more vulnerable people.
In the UK more than one million older people are believed to be at risk of malnutrition. The numbers could be even higher, because malnutrition is often not recognised or understood, particularly among those who are housebound, hard to engage with and isolated. That malnourished person could be someone in your street or that new admission.
The causes and consequences of malnutrition are often interlinked and can quickly lead to a relentless downward spiral of ill health. If society and health professionals...
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