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Course Title: Course Details:
Dementia Nutrition and Hydration

Content:

 

  • Describe some of the changes that may be experienced by an individual with dementia, sensory, behavioural, emotional, personality, memory and attention span

  • Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration in maintaining the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of an individual with dementia

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in relation to food and fluid balance for an individual

  • Discuss key minerals and nutrients crucial to supporting a balanced diet and good health

  • Explain why the individual with dementia may change their relationship to food and describe measures that may help to overcome them

  • Describe the importance of finding out the food history, preferences, wishes and needs of the individual including changes in food and taste preferences

  • Demonstrate and practice assisting a person ( colleague) to eat and drink at a relaxed pace, harmonised to the individual

  • Distinguish between ways that the carer can support an individual’s active participation in eating and drinking

  • Explain how to ensure food and drinks are within reach of individuals who have restrictions of mobility, enabling them to ‘ graze’ as the opportunity arises

  • Describe the importance of food safety, including hygiene, in the preparation and handling of food

  • Describe the importance of enlisting the help of both family members and dieticians to establish an appropriate nutritious food and fluid intake

  • Describe the role of the speech and language therapist and dentist in establishing and maintaining an individual’s ability to chew and swallow

  • Demonstrate and practice care of the person who is choking including recovery positioning

  • Outline the importance of presentation of food and social aspects in the pleasure of eating

  • Discuss the range of medical interventions including nutritional / mineral supplements, vitamins thickening agents, fortisip, hycal, adcal, fibogel

  • Check food is provided in appropriate amounts and at the appropriate temperature ( keeping food warm) in accordance with the plan of care

  • Discuss the care of an individual with a PEG feed tube, examine and practice with equipment

  • Discuss the importance of mouth care and good dentition in the process and pleasure of eating

  • Describe how to put person-centred values into practice in day-to-day work. Describe the essential elements of treating people as individuals

  • Describe why it is important to work in a way that promotes person-centred values when providing support to individuals

  • Describe the carer’s role in ensuring the dignity and self-esteem of individuals

  • Give examples of what adjustments to care and support might need to be made when assisting an individual with dementia to eat and drink

  • Describe appropriate steps to remove or minimise environmental factors causing discomfort or distress. This could include: distractions, lighting, noise, temperature or unpleasant odours

  • Explain the importance of monitoring changes in individuals with dementia as their condition progresses, including bladder and bowels, to ensure care plans are current and relevant

  • Explain what is meant by “consent”, and how it may relate to the care of an individual who is being assisted to eat and drink

  • Discuss how to maintain the physical, social and mental wellbeing of individuals through eating and drinking

 

Who is the course aimed at?

 

This course is aimed at all care staff both as initial learning and a refresher.

 

Cost and Duration:

 

6 Hours £37.50 per person or £325.00 per course

 

 
 
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