Managing malnutrition in older adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Managing malnutrition in older adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sue Baic Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Basics, Bristol, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the effects of COVID-19 on older adults’ nutritional status

  • To enhance your knowledge of how to undertake screenings for malnutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • To learn about practical interventions that you could use to identify and manage malnutrition risk among older adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in the number of older adults in the community who are at risk of malnutrition. Vulnerable groups include people recovering at home from mild-to-moderate COVID-19, those discharged from hospital after severe infection and those who have undergone extended periods of social isolation as a result of the public health measures in place to reduce the spread of infection. Various COVID-19-specific malnutrition care pathways and resources are available, and this article details practical interventions that can assist nurses caring for older adults in the community to identify and manage malnutrition risk.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1311

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sue.baic@nutritionbasics.co.uk

Conflict of interest

Sue Baic is a registered dietitian and external consultant to Wiltshire Farm Foods, and has been commissioned by the company to write this article. The views expressed are those of the author alone

Baic S (2021) Managing malnutrition in older adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2021.e1311

Published online: 07 April 2021

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