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Care Home E-Learning

The Focus on Undernutrition care home e-learning:

  • designed for health and social care staff who work in care homes for older people
  • comprises eight modules with a variety of learning activities, video learning and downloadable resources
  • an assessment is completed at the end and a certificate is generated on successful completion

The content of the training is:

  • Module 1: Introduction to undernutrition
  • Module 2: Factors that influence eating in older people
  • Module 3: The nutritional needs of older people in care homes
  • Module 4: Recognising the signs of undernutrition
  • Module 5: Identification and monitoring of undernutrition
  • Module 6: Prevention and treatment of undernutrition in the community
  • Module 7: The role of nutritional supplements
  • Module 8: Referral to a dietitian
  • Assessment: Completion of two case studies and 10 multi choice questions

Information sheets and resources are downloadable throughout the e-learning programme, including 'MUST', nourishing snack, nourishing drinks, fortified drinks leaflets, ulna height conversion charts, care pathways. The e-learning contains links to other resources for further information.

The care home e-learning programme covers:

  • The nutritional needs of older people in care homes
  • Good practice guidance for monitoring residentís dietary intakes using food record charts
  • Completing a dietary assessment
  • What is undernutrition, the causes, problems, cost and benefits of treating
  • Identify patients at risk of undernutrition using 'MUST' nutritional screening tool both paper and electronic formats
  • Understand how to measure a patientís height using ulna length and measure a mid-arm upper circumference
  • Explain suitable treatments for patients identified as moderate and high risk of undernutrition using a food first approach
  • How to make recommendations for weight gain for people who are at risk of undernutrition and require a special diet, including diabetes, pureed and cardio-protective (high cholesterol)
  • Understand when to use and how to monitor nutritional supplements
  • Understand how to complete a dietary assessment
  • Understand when to refer to a dietitian
  • Implement their professional responsibilities in regards to the national guidelines and recommendations