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The Importance of good nutrition when caring

14 June 2018

Lynne Stevenson picture smallLynne Stevenson from Nutricia in this article, blogs about healthy eating for carers

Eating a healthy balanced diet is vital for maintaining good health for us all.  Good nutrition can help the body to maintain or improve strength, stay mobile and keep us independence.

When individuals are ill, or when recovering from an operation or recent infection, the body can become weaker.  During these times people can often find it difficult to get all of the nutrition they need.

Carers Scotland is working in partnership with Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition to improve understanding about nutrition and caring.  In a recent survey Carers UK found that 60% of carers worry about the nutritional intake of the person they care for. Our partnership provides carers with the information and resources on nutritional care for themselves and the person they care for.

The following titles have been produced to help provide better support for carers around nutritional problems and eating difficulties.

  • Eating well with COPD
  • Eating well with stroke
  • Eating well with dementia
  • Eating well with cancer
  • The importance of eating well for carers
  • The role of good nutrition when caring for someone
  • Understanding the nutrition gap and how it affects the person you care for
  • Speaking to your GP when you are concerned about the nutritional intake of the person you care for

For more information go to www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/nutrition or www.nutricia.co.uk

Learn more through the e-learning module at www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/carersuk-products/e-learning-courses/e-learning-role-of-nutrition

"Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition (AMN) specialises in the delivery of advanced medical nutrition for the very young, the old and the sick. Nutricia AMN supply high quality feeds, systems and support services to patients and health care professionals. Through the Nutricia Homeward service, Nutricia AMN delivers nutritional feeds, enteral feeding systems and nursing care directly to patients' homes."

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