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Nurs Older People. 2013 Apr;25(3):30-6.

Identification and management of patients' nutritional needs.

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  • 1Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


As individuals age a number of physical and cognitive changes affect their nutritional intake. Sensory losses affect the ability to obtain food or eat independently, while cognitive changes, such as dementia, may affect a person's understanding of how to eat. This article aims to familiarise readers with the main concerns associated with caring for older people's nutritional needs while they are in hospital. Strategies to address these challenges are presented. If they are not addressed, they can have major implications for patient recovery and discharge planning.

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