Nutrition and hydration are essential for health and quality of life.
For older people, adequate food and drink can help them recover from illness and surgery, remain independent, reduce their length of stay in hospital and help avoid readmission to hospital.
Malnutrition is common in older people. To identify people over 65 at risk of malnutrition, they should be screened within 24 hours of admission and at regular intervals throughout their hospital stay.
This topic gives an overview of nutrition and hydration and recommends actions that we and our organisations can take, in addition to health service policy and procedures, to provide quality nutrition and hydration care to our older patients.