Education and Learning

  • Bereavement, Grief & Malnutrition

    Loss Of Appetite, Weight Loss And Malnutrition In Grief And Bereavement When someone close passes away, or something very precious is lost, feeling grief is natural. Dealing with significant loss is probably one of the most difficult and challenging times in a person's life. Every year around 5-9 per cent of the population loses a close family member. Bereavement is the most difficult loss to deal with, and experiencing the grieving process is normal for most people.1 Other causes of grief include becoming separate from a loved one, for example when a partner goes into hospital or nursing home, or...

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  • Loneliness & Malnutrition

    Tackling Loneliness And Malnutrition In Older Adults Loneliness is a significant contributing factor in the decline of an older adult’s mental wellbeing and physical health and social isolation increases the chances of early death in older adults by 30%.1 Loneliness Is A Significant Risk Factor In Malnutrition The development of malnutrition involves many risk factors, and loneliness and social isolation are both important risk factors in the older population.1,2,3 Studies show people over the age of 65 living alone often have a significantly lower Body Mass Index (BMI) when compared to older people living with their families.2 These studies also...

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  • NHS Faces Higher Costs For Treating Malnutrition in 2017

    The Cost of Treating Under-Nutrition in The Community People with disease-related malnutrition or under-nutrition have a higher risk of developing infections, pressure sores and a whole host of other nutrition-related problems.2 BAPEN estimates that malnutrition in England costs £19.6 billion annually and this figure will increase as the population ages and as healthcare costs rise.2 Treating malnutrition saves the NHS money by helping to reduce hospital admissions, and we know that providing nutritional support to under-nourished patients reduces problems such as the breakdown of wounds by 70% and reduces death by 40%.2 Treating Malnutrition Saves The NHS Money  BAPEN’s economic...

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  • Making Every Nutritional Supplement Count

    Reducing Oral Nutritional Supplement Wastage In The Community  Prescribing oral nutritional supplements as part of the management and treatment of malnutrition in the community is known to be clinically effective, and there is significant evidence from systematic reviews that demonstrate this.1,2 Oral nutritional supplements, such as AYMES Shake, are typically used in addition to a patient’s regular diet when this alone is insufficient to meet daily nutritional requirements and therefore help prevent weight loss and promote weight gain in malnourished patients and care home residents.1,2 Patients receiving nutritional supplements have reduced complications such as pressure sores; poor wound healing; infections;...

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