Action plan developed to combat malnutrition in older people

A national action plan to tackle the issue of older people and nutrition was announced today by Health Minister, Ivan Lewis.

Malnutrition in the elderly
Malnutrition in the elderly

Following a nutrition summit held on 14 March and attended by leading charities, clinicians, nutrition experts and care home representatives, Mr Lewis said: ‘In my view, there is no excuse for vulnerable, older people not receiving the food they require and the necessary help to eat that food.'

Ivan Lewis said that he believed that the Summit was a tipping point for these issues and that there were clear areas for development that now needed to be taken forward at the highest level. He was very clear that this Plan needed to be worked up in close consultation with frontline workers.

The type of issues that were under discussion for the development of the Action Plan included:

  • Raising awareness between nutrition and good health
  • Nutritional standards
  • Streamline guidance
  • Prioritisation from leaders and managers from both health and social care
  • Training for frontline staff and managers
  • Clearer focus in inspections

These actions will be taken forward in close consultation with the organisations who attended the summit today with a view to the Action Plan being published in the summer.

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