On the 26th & 27th March 2019 we are once again packing up and heading north to the NEC in Birmingham. On Stand D760 our team will be showcasing all we stand for here at Nourish ????
We will be giving attendees live demonstrations of how the Nourish platform saves care teams significant time, allows for the better recording & evidencing of care and ensures information is always accessible and useful to those who need it.
Also joining the team on the 26th March is our very own Founder and CEO, Nuno Almeida ????
Nuno will be taking to the stage to discuss a topic very close to our hearts:
“Digital Transformation: How is data driving better care“
All too often, we hear about ‘data’ in care but what does that really mean? What impact can collating and analysing day-to-day care information have on the quality of support care teams can provide? How do we move away from simply business analytics practice, to having a very real impact on peoples lives?
On the 26th March, Nuno will explore just that. He will explore the importance of data through real-life stories of care, showing how and why information can be so much more than compliance-led; and how, when used correctly, it can have an incredible impact on a person’s quality of life ????????????????
Join Nuno on the 26th March by purchasing your complimentary tickets HERE
We look forward to meeting you there!
Today’s article looks at some of the great new tools being pioneered by the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) to help carers to improve the way they provide good hydration and nutrition to those in their care with dementia. We caught up with Jane Murphy who heads up the research, at a recent seminar hosted by the Hampshire Care Association and the rest of the article is formed from our conversations.
At Nourish we know that many people in care who suffer with dementia struggle with eating and drinking. This is often a contributing factor to poor health, reduced quality of life, and accelerate deterioration as a person’s dementia develops. It is also an increasing problem as care providers must meet Regulation 14 of the Health and Social Care Act to ensure that the people they look after have enough to eat and drink. This isn’t just about enough food and drink to meet their nutrition and hydration needs, but also they must receive the support they need to do so.
As we know, the old adage of, “you get out what you put in” is never more true than with your body and the nutrients you take. Therefore, supporting older people who have dementia to eat and drink properly should be a priority for care staff. However, despite the importance, there are a lack of research, evidence and tools to support good practice. This becomes clear when you realise that there are no standardised approaches or training programmes to provide staff with information about nutrition for people with dementia.
The BUDI secured funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, allowing Jane and the team of researchers at Bournemouth University to work with care providers, charities and local authorities in Dorset to research best practice in more detail and create the means to support care to provide robust nutritional care.
Jane and BUDI’s research culminated in a report called “Eating and Drinking well: supporting people living with dementia”. The report also includes a training film which can help show carers how to improve their practices and enhance their skills to provide a better eating and drinking experience for people in their care, who’re living with dementia.
You can access the training film online by visiting the BUDI area of Bournemouth University’s website. Jane’s team also developed a training book to be used alongside the video, which is packed with best practice, tips and concepts to try out, including:
More information about the workbook, and BUDI can be found by visiting Understanding Nutrition and Dementia.
Alternatively learn more about how our community builder, Ian, is raising awareness for dementia .