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Enabling Carers to Support Eating and Drinking Well for a Healthy Life

19 September 2018

New research by Carers UK and Designability has found that family and friends are grappling with a range of challenges as they help older and disabled loved ones to stay well-nourished and hydrated.

Focus groups and an online survey of 265 carers found that unpaid carers are managing complex issues such as difficulty with swallowing and risks of choking. Carers also described the challenges of monitoring whether someone is drinking enough as well as motivating the person they care for to eat and drink enough by providing appealing and appetising food.

The research was supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition who provided an unrestricted grant that enabled Carers UK and Designability to carry out primary research activities with carers and professionals.

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