The importance of maintaining good nutrition and hydration
Nutrition and Hydration Week, which took place in March, aimed to highlight the importance of eating a balanced, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of fluids. As well as promoting the benefits, it’s also about understanding the difficulties that some people face when trying to follow a healthy diet.
Here at Nurseplus, all of our staff are trained to understand the importance of a balanced diet for those they care for.
Poor nutrition and hydration can not only lead to the more obvious health problems, but it can also make people feel low and depressed.
For those that may have special dietary requirements, or who could struggle to swallow or chew, it is even more important to offer healthy alternatives.
Our care workers are experienced in providing care, and understand the individual challenges some may face with a their daily eating habits.
They are also trained to recognise early signs of dehydration, if the inevitable happens. There a number of reasons why individuals could be reluctant to drink regularly, including difficulties in reaching a drink, feeling anxious about getting to a toilet, or that they simply don’t feel well.
Whatever the reasons, our care workers will be trained to try different strategies to encourage regular hydration and healthy eating habits.
It's also important to remember to stay hyrated in warm weather, something many people fprget to do, particulalrly if the individual is living with an illness such as Dementia.
The goal for Nutrition and Hydration Week was to support raising awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration, for everyone.
The overall campaign mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce, focus, energise, create activity and engagement for nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining the health and well-being for our global community. This is an important issue throughout the year - not just for one week, and here at Nurseplus, our carers are dedicated to ensuring this is implemented to our clients on a continuous basis.