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Fluids and Nutrition - for Health and Social Care

Overview

All staff involved in the care of vulnerable adults should be able to recognise when a person is not eating or drinking properly and should be aware of basic food safety. This course gives advice in the form of real work scenarios to help the learner to put the knowledge into practice.

Audience

This course is aimed at:

  • New members of staff in Healthcare Support Worker roles
  • New members of staff in Adult Social Care Worker roles
  • Any staff members who provide direct care to patients or individuals needing support
  • This course will also be useful for:
  • Staff moving into new roles within their organisation
  • Refreshing the knowledge of any member of staff

    About this course

    This course contains six bite-sized modules that use practice-based scenarios, videos and engaging questions to bring the subject to life.

  • The six modules are:
  • Describe the importance of food safety
  • The importance of good nutrition and hydration
  • Signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration
  • Promoting adequate nutrition and hydration
  • Support individuals to have access to fluids in accordance with their plan of care
  • Support individuals to have access to food and nutrition in accordance with their plan of care
  • Each module takes between five and ten minutes to complete; the modules that contain video clips take a little longer. The knowledge element of standard 8 of the Care Certificate is covered in this course. 

    Objectives

    In this course you will learn: 

  • Why you should wash your hands before preparing food
  • What might make food unpalatable or dangerous to eat
  • How to ensure that food is safe to eat
  • The importance of food and hydration in maintaining health
  • What makes a healthy diet
  • What role fluids play in the body
  • How to recognise when someone is not well nourished
  • How to recognise when someone is dehydrated
  • What to do in cases of severe dehydration
  • The reasons why a person might be poorly nourished or hydrated
  • How to encourage good hydration
  • What you should do when supporting individuals to have access to fluids
  • What you should do when supporting individuals to have access to food

    Content

    Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

  • The importance of food safety| The importance of good nutrition and hydration| What is a balanced diet?: How much water a person should drink| Signs of malnutrition | Signs of dehydration| Why a person might not eat or drink| The importance of the care plan.