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Understanding Nutrition and Hydration


Course Overview:

There are many reasons why patients and clients may become malnourished or dehydrated, many of which are preventable.  This one-day course offers the audience the opportunity to explore the signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration and to explore some practical solutions to help prevent this occurring.


Indicative Audience:

Health Care Workers (HCW) working in secondary care, nursing homes, mental health settings, and those who are visiting patients and clients in their own homes.


Aims of the programme:

  • To understand the principles of good nutrition and hydration
  • To understand the effects of poor nutrition and hydration and spot early symptoms using M.U.S.T.
  • To develop good practices that support healthy nutrition and hydration in health care settings


Course Content:

  • Understanding basic nutritional needs
  • The importance of staying hydrated
  • The consequences of becoming malnourished and dehydrated
  • Daily intake requirements for older people
  • Early signs and symptoms of malnourishment and dehydration
  • The role of the HCW to promote healthy eating and drinking
  • Using M.U.S.T.
  • Referring to a health professional
  • Record Keeping


Indicative Duration: 

1 day

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