What should we do if someones has a poor appetite?
If someone has a poor appetite, problems with eating, or has lost weight recently, it is important that their food and drinks contain as much energy and protein as possible.
The following approaches may help to achieve this:
- Little & often – aim to have three small meals plus two to three nourishing snacks in between – ideally eating every 2-3 hours. The other way to look at this is ensuring that people have five or six ‘opportunities to eat. Larger meals can often be very of putting.
- Choose full fat and sugar products rather than ‘low fat/sugar’ as they contain more calories.
- Nourishing drinks can be a simple way of increasing calories intake. Options include malt drinks, milk based coffee, hot chocolate, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, smoothies or enriched soups.
- Food Enrichment involves using every day food items to enrich the diet with energy and protein such as using adding butter, cream, cheese, full fat milk, skimmed milk powder, oils, crème fraiche to foods to boost their energy and protein content.
- Consider a multivitamin & mineral supplement as those eating small amounts or a limited variety of foods may not have adequate micronutrient intake.
For more information on treating malnutrition, see the BAPEN website here.
What does good nutritional care look like in an organisation?
Screening, the development of personal care plans, involving the individual concerned and training for health care professionals are just some of the 10 key characteristics of good nutrition and hydration care.
To discuss how I can support you further in providing excellent nutritional care in you setting, please to get in touch.