Nutritional support for adults at risk
The Francis Report on Mid-Staffordshire NHS Inquiry (2013) found that the lack of the following was a significant factor in poor outcomes for adults at risk.
- Basic food provision
- Feeding and
Whilst the report focused on hospital and care settings, it was recognised that people living in the community are similarly at risk.
Information and actions are needed to prevent harm and reduce safeguarding concerns across all care settings and people living in the community.
To support professionals and carers, information has been collated on how to:
- Understand the importance of maintaining good nutrition and hydration
- Check if someone is under weight
- Record daily intakes to understand patterns
- Make food more nutritious and beneficial for weight gain.
Below are useful resources to help with nutritional support for adults at risk:
- Nutrition Record Sheet with Menu details (PDF)
- Nutrition Record Sheet –with Menu choice blank (Word)
- Nutrition Pathway 1 (PDF)
- Nutrition Pathway 2 (PDF)
- Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) (PDF)
- Food Fortification Protocol (PDF)
- Food Fortification leaflet v1 (PDF)
- Top tips for food fortification (PDF)
- Sandwich Filling Ideas and guidance on what size to record (PDF)
- End of Life (EOLC) guidance for Nutritional Health (PDF)
- Appendix A Obvious and subtle signs of Dysphasia (PDF)
- Appendix B Considerations when supporting people at meal times (PDF)