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.
Nutrition and hydration
Nutrition and hydration are essential for health and can help older people recover, remain independent, reduce their stay in hospital and avoid readmission.
Swallowing without difficulty is necessary to easily and safely consume food, drink and medication.
Reviewed 10 November 2021