Department of Health

A nurse serving food to a patient
Older people presenting to hospital with nutrition and swallowing problems are at risk of functional decline. Patients who are at risk of developing these problems during their admission are also vulnerable to functional decline. Identifying, investigating and responding to their needs is an important part of minimising this risk.

These topics provide information and recommend actions that we and our organisations can take to improve care for older patients.

Reviewed 10 November 2021


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Older People in Hospital Department of Health

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