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Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 it does not seem possible that Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 is just around the corner and it is incredible to think that Nutrition and Hydration Week is approaching its sixth year becoming a well-established annual event across health and social care setting around the world. so what’s Nutrition and Hydration Week about…. Caroline Lecko of Nutrition and Hydration Week explains: "Well basically it’s a global social movement to improve the provision of nutrition and hydration. We try to do this by focusing lots of energy and activity on nutrition and hydration to our patients and residents. "Nutrition and Hydration Week is also about sharing all of the positive things that organisations and individuals are currently doing or that they do as part of the week – we believe that by sharing examples and stories we can inspire others to both become involved in Nutrition and Hydration Week and to look at how they provide nutrition and hydration within their organisation. In a nutshell we celebrate all of the amazing things that individuals and organisations do…..

so what happens during the week? "Lots of different things really. "Some organisations will have different themed events all through the week. For example, they focus on improving hydration and will have mocktail parties and look at different ways of encouraging fluid intake. One of my favourites was some beautiful melon jellies!!! "Other people will put on training events for their staff looking at specific areas of care, such as, dysphagia or nutritional screening. "The main event of the week is the ‘Global Tea Party’ which is held on the Wednesday – it is fun and a great way of getting just a few more calories and little hydration to our patients and residents. "The key thing to remember is that you can do what you like as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week. If it’s

important to you, your organisation and your residents then it’s the right thing to do. "You will find some great ideas on the Nutrition and Hydration Week Events webpage

so what can you do? "We would love you to join us so please get involved but most importantly let us know what you are planning. It is your ideas and plans that inspire others and to ultimately make a difference. "Without you and your support we would not have Nutrition and Hydration Week so please, please tell us what you doing at "We, at Nutrition and Hydration Week, personally thank you for all of your support over the years but especially thank you for making a difference you make to all of your patients, residents and service users – you are truly amazing – and we hope that your support will continue for 2017". Neel Radia, National Chair, National Association of Care Catering, adds: “Good nutrition and hydration are at the core of safe, quality care in all health and social care settings. As people age their dietary needs change, and recognising and catering for a wide variety of special diets to uphold good nutrition and hydration is a fundamental part of care provision. “Malnutrition and dehydration are preventable and as a sector we have a responsibility to provide the elderly and vulnerable, whether in care homes or in the community, with excellent and appropriate nutritional care. “The National Association of Care Catering is committed to supporting its members and the care sector with information, recipes, guidance and best practice examples to ensure that good nutrition and hydration are always top of the care catering agenda. We also welcome and support awareness campaigns and events that promote this, such as Nutrition & Hydration Week. “Nutrition & Hydration Week has become an established event on the health and social care catering calendar and a great platform for spotlighting the absolute need for good nutrition and hydration in care environments and sharing best practice. We encourage all care providers to get involved and we look forward to seeing what our members have planned to celebrate the week and make a positive difference.”

See the feature on Food and Hydration on Page 28


Calls for Cross-Party Agreement on Funding three House of Commons select Committee members have written to Prime Minister theresa May asking for a cross-party agreement to be reached on the future of health and social care funding. The three Chairs Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the Health Committee, Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee have sent a letter to the Prime Minister, in which they say that a ‘political consensus’ is needed to address the ‘pressing social care challenges facing the country’ and that it must also include the NHS. In the letter they call on the Prime Minister to invite all parties to participate in a review, covering the health and social care systems. The committee chairs say that a “political consensus” is needed to tackle the “pressing social care challenges facing the country”, and that said concensus must also include the NHS. They call on the prime minister to invite all parties to take part in an urgent review, covering the health and social care systems. The letter follows the Prime Ministers appearance

before the House of Commons Liaison Committee on December 20, when she answered questions on health and social care funding. The letter reads: “We were encouraged by your recognition at the Liaison Committee that everyone has a part to play in finding a sustainable way of ensuring social care provision in the future. You also accepted the need for a review to find a way of funding social care sustainably for the long term. “We believe that can best be achieved if there is crossparty consensus, and therefore urge you to invite all parties to become involved in a review, which should begin as soon as possible. Given the scale of rising demand, this immense challenge will face whichever party is in government over the coming decades.” The committee chairs argue that the consensus should be reached swiftly so that the agreed approach can be reflected in the next round of government spending. “We also feel that the ongoing separation of health and social care is creating difficulties for individuals and avoidable barriers and inefficiencies. Any review should cover the two systems”, the MPs add.

How Will Technology Trends Help You To Improve Security, Efficiencies And Hygiene? as tHe tech revolution continues at a rapid pace, a report by service Works group (sWg) has identified ways in which the management of facilities will change in 2017 and beyond. from the internet of things to wearable technology, processes and equipment used throughout the industry is likely to change as health care centres and care homes become more responsive to patient needs. A free-to-attend seminar session at the Cleaning Show (14-16 March, ExCeL London) which include a debate on the Future of FM chaired by Dennis Flower, editor of PFM and including Martin Pickard, the FM Guru and a presentation on Robotics within the cleaning industry by Darren Marston, Executive Chairman, ICE. The seminar programme will also offer advice on: • Health and safety within the workplace in a session held in association with the Health & Safety Executive featuring preventing slips and trips, protecting vulnerable workers and preventing musculoskeletal disorders • HR: A workforce to be proud of - covering the national minimum wage, apprenticeship schemes and ensuring your workforce is legal • Developing your business - marketing and business advice relevant for all SMEs The Cleaning Show, 14-16 March at

ExCeL London, is the UK’s largest Cleaning and Hygiene exhibition and is completely free to attend. It’s a chance for businesses large or small to source and try-out cleaning equipment, technology and products that will ensure that your staff can create a clean and germ-free environment. Other features include: Innovation Awards – The Cleaning Show Innovation Award winners will be announced at the event for the most innovative products and services in several different categories. Visitors can see all of the shortlisted entries and the winners of the awards at the show, plus demonstrations and hands-on experience. The Management Systems Zone – a new technology zone will be unveiled at the show this year and will comprise of a number of companies providing technology to create an effective workforce and financial control systems. The Green Zone – This area within the exhibition will feature cleaning products that are sensitive to the environment whilst still maintaining high levels of hygiene. Organised by the British Cleaning Council and the publishers of Cleaning & Maintenance Magazine, the exhibition will see over 100 companies with thousands of products to offer. Register for your pass now at See the ad on page 9 for details.

The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.

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