Prevention is always better than cure; by ensuring the individuals you support are eating and drinking well you can minimise the risks of pressure ulcers and other conditions. Learn about symptoms, causes, treatment of malnutrition, dehydration, and pressure ulcers. Look at the ‘Eatwell guide’ and how to encourage those who experience loss of appetite to stay well nourished.
- The learner will understand the link between pressure ulcers and poor nutrition
- The learner will know how to encourage healthy eating and understand portion control
- The learner will know the risks of poor hydration and how to encourage fluid intake
Advantages of this course
- Many people who are frail and have restricted mobility are at risk of developing sores on the points of their body which receive the most pressure. These are known as pressure sores and with the correct management and care, can be prevented in most cases. It is important, therefore, that practitioners have received training on how to prevent them and can identify early signs. This short course can provide this training.
- The Social Care Institute for Excellence has identified poor nutrition as a common safeguarding challenge in care homes. This course will give learners the knowledge they need to ensure the individuals they support are well nourished and hydrated.
- The care plan is a great place to start when finding out about an individual’s nutritional needs. This course explains the importance of reading and updating the care plan with religious or cultural preferences, allergies, and nutritional needs resulting from medical conditions and malnutrition.
- Website and video resources are used to explore the dementia journey in more detail
- There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge