Understanding Nutrition and Dementia

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Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia: A Guide for Care Staff

Our new guide for care staff- available via hard copy from the Ageing & Dementia Research Centre.

We are excited for the launch of our new guide for care staff. This guide has been developed from research to understand the quality and delivery of nutritional care for people living with dementia in combination with best practice examples from across the country, to design and develop evidence-informed education and training.

If you are interested in getting hold of a copy, please contact:

Ageing & Dementia Research Centre
Tel: 01202 962536
Email: adrc@bournemouth.ac.uk

               

Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia

 

Workbook now available on line!

 

We are pleased to announce our ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ workbook is now available online.  You will need to complete a registration form and thereafter you will receive an email.   On receipt of this email, you can download your workbook, complete online and should you wish, you can then print it off.  Please click here to proceed.  Please follow details below to complete the short online quiz to receive your Certificate from Bournemouth University.

Should you encounter any problems in downloading the Workbook please contact:

Ageing & Dementia Research Centre
Tel: 01202 962536
Email: adrc@bournemouth.ac.uk

 

Completed the workbook and watched the training film?

Please click here to complete our short online quiz to test your knowledge of the new Workbook and DVD ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ . If you are successful you will receive a Certificate from Bournemouth University.

The workbook and training film are now available.  These training tools are designed to equip frontline nurses and care home staff with the skills needed to improve the delivery of nutrition and hydration for people living with dementia. Please click below for the training film ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ (YouTube version):

 

For details about the Workbook please contact:  

Ageing & Dementia Research Centre
Tel: 01202 962536
Email: adrc@bournemouth.ac.uk

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Eating and Drinking Well Nutritional Leaflet now available!

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Based on our research findings, we have developed this leaflet in collaboration with the Wessex Academic Health Science Network. It provides advice on how to increase food and fluid intake for  people living with dementia. Please click here to view.

 

 

Contact

If you have any questions or comments about the training materials or project please contact:

Caroline Jones
Ageing & Dementia Research Centre Administrator
Tel: 01202 962536 
Email: jonesc@bournemouth.ac.uk

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Latest news from this project:

  • ADRC at Open Farm Sunday

    On Sunday 10 June,  the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre’s Joanne Holmes (RNutr) presented at Open Farm Sunday at Littlewood Farm, Frampton to highlight the role of dairy products to fortify... »

  • Prof. Jane Murphy’s article in Caring UK, December issue

    Professor Jane Murphy from Bournemouth University’s Ageing & Dementia Research Centre has been featured in December’s edition of Caring UK magazine.  Her article, entitled, “What’s best practice to deliver good... »

  • Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia

    A new online workbook designed to help support better nutrition in people with dementia is now available online.  The workbook stems from research undertaken with Dorset care homes and has... »

  • Research in the news – dementia research features in Vision Magazine

    Some of BU’s dementia research has been featured in Vision magazine, which highlights clinical research news from the Wessex region.  The article demonstrates BU’s person-centred approach to dementia research, showing... »

  • Evaluation of Workbook and DVD

    We are presently undertaking an evaluation to understand the impact that the workbooks and DVD are having upon health and care staff everyday practices of providing food and drinks to... »

  • Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia – BUDI Research Seminar

    You are cordially invited to a BUDI research seminar which is open to all students and staff. Please feel free to bring your lunch. “Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People... »

  • April newsletter now available

    Our April Newsletter is now available. Please click below for details of exciting project developments including the publication of the project training tools, their dissemination and launch through two project conferences... »

  • Dr Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes present at Dementia 2020 Conference, Westminster

    On 12th April, Dr Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes presented alongside Professor Alistair Burns CBE (National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England), Lorraine Jackson (Deputy Director – Dementia Policy, Department... »

  • Bournemouth University academics to present their research project at Dementia 2020 conference

    By working with Dorset care homes, researchers have developed training tools to improve nutrition in people with dementia Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, with numbers set to... »

  • What it is like to work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA)

    Over the last few weeks, BU undergraduate student, Sabrina Katsberg has been working on our Nutrition and Dementia project as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.  Read on to find out about... »

  • News update February 2016

      BU research team were delighted by the high level of enthusiasm and interest received in response to the showcasing of the ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’... »

  • January 2016

    The YouTube version of the training film ‘Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting People Living with Dementia’ and DVD version of the training filmtraining film is accessible on the main project page. Details... »

  • ‘Sharing best practice for delivering excellence in nutrition and dignity in dementia care’

    Last Wednesday 25th November, BU hosted an afternoon Conference entitled ‘Sharing best practice for delivering excellence in nutrition and dignity in dementia care’. We were delighted to listen to an inspiring... »

  • Research News: October

    Recent project developments include an evaluation of the impact of workshops delivered to support the delivery of high quality education and learning and dissemination of the findings through public engagement... »

  • ‘Nutrition and Dignity in Dementia Care Workshops’

    Last week we delivered the second of two workshops to care home managers, registered nurses and care staff in Bournemouth and Dorchester. This is a key output of our research... »

  • Understanding Nutrition and Dementia News: March 2015

    BU research team were delighted by the high level of interest and support received from members of the public at a recent engagement activity held as part of Nutrition and... »

  • Nutrition and Dementia research project

    At the start of the year, we initiated our exciting new research project, funded by The Burdett Trust for Nursing. The research aims to improve the delivery of nutrition for... »

Background to project

BU is working in partnership with the Borough of Poole Council, Partners in Care, the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and national care homes and private care home organisations in the delivery of this exciting and innovative research project, funded by The Burdett Trust for Nursing. A whole care home approach is a key element of this project that will require the involvement of service users, families and carers of people with dementia as part of the project.

Ensuring appropriate food and nutrition is a vital part in delivering dignity in care for people with dementia. Eating and drinking becomes increasingly difficult as a result of the disease that puts people at increased risk of severe malnutrition (under nutrition) and weight loss. Worryingly there are no standardised ways to maintain adequate nutrition in people with dementia as the challenges of meeting appropriate nutrition and hydration continue to be reported.

To tackle these ongoing concerns, Dr Jane Murphy and Joanne Holmes have been awarded a grant by The Burdett Trust for Nursing to undertake a ground breaking research project. It will equip front-line nurses and care home staff with the skills needed to improve the delivery of nutrition for people living with dementia in the community achieved through evidence-based learning in nutrition and empowered leadership.

Jane Murphy, Joanne Holmes and Cindy Brooks are responsible for the research. They are being advised and guided by the steering group comprising representatives from the partners.

Why is this project important?

Using a blend of qualitative and quantitative research methods, this research project will :

  • Identify best practice for delivering excellence in nutrition and dignity in dementia care. Working with local care-homes, we will gather information on nutrition-related care from everyone involved in the care of the person with dementia.
  • Establish high quality education and learning. Our research will inform the development of a high quality learning programme to empower nursing, care and catering staff in care homes.

The Partners

  • Elaine Atkinson OBE
    Local Enterprise Partnership and Borough of Poole Councillor
  • Louise Garner
    Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Rebecca Robson, Care Home Manager
    Waypoints Dementia Care Homes
  • Kevin Poulton
    Independent
  • Sophie Trim
    Partners in Care
  • Chris Wilson
    Borough of Poole Council: Dementia Champion

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