Based on their research, Professor Jane Murphy, Dr Joanne Holmes and the team at the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University have developed a toolkit to provide freely available resources (a film, workbook, leaflet and guides) to deliver person-centred nutritional care for people living with dementia.
The toolkit has been used all over the UK and overseas, as far afield as Australia and is the winner of the 2019 CN Award for Nutrition Resource of the Year.
The workbook and film aims to develop knowledge and skills around nutrition and hydration to provide best quality care that also offers an excellent CPD opportunity, completed flexibly. To date over 1200 known recipients of the workbook (including nurses and allied health professionals, hospital and care home staff) have reported benefits and inspired action to reconfigure the way in which nutritional care is delivered.
Testimonial care home manager: ‘We have revolutionised our meal times and this has proven to be of great success. In the few short weeks we have observed and recorded an increase in weight with the majority of our residents and a more sociable and interactive feel that surrounds our mealtimes.”
Testimonial commissioner of care services: ‘We used the workbook as a superb resource to input in our action plan to improve nutrition care in our borough across health and social care providers for people living at home and in a residential home.’
Nutrition and Dementia Care