“HUNGRY TO BE HEARD CAMPAIGN” PROGRAM
The "Hungry to be Heard Campaign" Program asks that nursing care homes and hospitals:
-Consult elderly about hospital menus‚ meal requirements, preferences
-Nursing care staff become "food aware" and take responsibility for elderly nutritional needs
-Nursing and hospital staff follow professional codes
-Assess elderly for malnourishment
-Introduce protected mealtimes where elderly are given appropriate assistance to eat meals when needed and sufficient time to eat meals.
-Use a red tray system which signals elderly who need assistance eating their meal
-Use trained mealtime volunteers for added help and support at mealtimes
-Longer hospital stays
-Increased need for medications
-Increased risk of suffering from infection or death
Nursing home meal time Volunteers are equipped with a "Hungry to be Heard" kit that includes a CD, tray, nutrition checklists and dinner napkins.
Meal time volunteers go through a one day training covering elderly malnutrition, awareness of seniors' needs and a focus on dementia.
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