Good nutrition levels are essential for health and all service users have the right to a balanced and nutritious diet. Particular concerns have been raised in recent years over the nutritional status of elderly people.

This topic covers the provision of nutritional care in both residential adult social care and in domiciliary care.

The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted on the nutrition of many elderly people, with some predisposed to eating less and losing weight and others who were inactive or overweight prior to the pandemic at increased risk of overnutrition. Obesity and high body mass index are related to poorer outcomes from Covid-19.

Related information can be found in the topics on Meals and Mealtimes and Food Hygiene.

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