Eating and Drinking - Wellbeing for Life
For most people eating and drinking is as much a pleasurable experience as it is a necessity for sustaining life.
There is a lot of information available to help everyone to make healthy choices about a balanced diet – please see the resources section of this module.
Staff should be aware that as a person gets older their tastes can change, as can their ability to eat certain foods and to maintain a balanced diet.
A person can also develop problems with their weight (either putting on weight or losing weight) or difficulties ensuring an adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals. Side-effects from increasing numbers of medications that can affect their appetite.
Developing dementia, and other health conditions like diabetes, can also impact upon a person’s eating and drinking.
Contents of this mini book:
- Diet and ageing
- The Eatwell Guide
- Using the Eatwell Guide
- Fruits and Vegetables - 5 a day / 10 a day
- Fuelling the body
- The protein on the plate
- Foods and drinks to avoid
- Keeping hydrated
- How staff can support a healthy diet
- Weight management
- Absorbing and retaining nutrients
- Age related dietary changes
- Eating, drinking and Dementia
- Medication and diet
- A holistic viewpoint
- References and resources
Are we making a difference?
We would love to hear if and how our resources are helping you support people with learning disabilities and with dementia or various other health needs.