Sixteenth edition

Newsletter No 16: Nutrition & Hydration Week Issue | Catering in Care Home Research | DMAT Supportive Meal Environment Interventions | Practical Guide | Resource (N&H Week 2018) and Recipe (Hydration) of the Month…

Dementia Friendly Mealtimes Newsletter (February 2018)

It is that time of year again when there is a nutrition buzz in the air. That’s because Nutrition & Hydration Week 2018 returns for its global annual event during the week 12-18th March. 

Make sure you try to get involved if you aren’t already. Every year you can gradually improve your own event highlighting the importance of nutrition and hydration and make more out of this fabulous campaign and resource.

To help you get in the mood this month we have tried to cover all the bases of nutrition and hydration including; catering, the mealtime environment, the basics of good nutrition and hydration and hydration specifically. 

This time last year our newsletter also linked to the nutrition and hydration campaign and some excellent resources. My favourite included an article by ‘Wardpedia’ discussing many ideas for improving mealtime care for older people with dementia in a hospital ward environment. Take a look at last years issue (here) after scrolling through what we have on offer this month…

Meeting the challenges of care home catering for people living with dementia 

A very interesting insight into the research Norman Dinsdale, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Business School, is conducting into the catering services offered within long term care homes for people living with dementia. Catering for people with dementia is complex with a complete lack of funding and training so lets hope research like this can find practical and sustainable ways to assist catering teams to improve their services.

DMAT Meal Behaviours


The DMAT system has doubled the amount of evidenced based interventions available to help support common meal behaviours in people with dementia at mealtimes such as refusing to eat, showing agitated behaviour and not being able to sit for a meal.
In our previous newsletters we highlighted our updated interventions to support eating and drinking abilities (see here) and updated ways to support preferences with eating and drinking (see here). 
To access the full range of evidenced based interventions for supporting choice and preferences with eating and drinking listed in The DMAT Initial Measurement Form (shown in the image above) simply  logon to your DMAT account here or visit or if you need to create an account just follow this link and sign up for a free 30 day trial.

Practical Guide to good nutrition and hydration in older age

You can’t have nutrition and hydration week without a practical guide to good nutrition and hydration. Especially when it is a collaboration between the British Dietetic Associations and Friends of the Elderly charity! This was actually made for Nutrition & Hydration week 2017 but we missed it last year so have included it now. This guide covers all the basics.

Resource of the month!

Nutrition & Hydration Week 2018

For the week of 12-18th March 2018 the now global event Nutrition & Hydration Week will be back in swing. Check the Nutrition & Hydration Week website for loads of resources and information on how to get involved. On social media follow their twitter handle @NHWeek to see what everyone around the world is doing for nutrition and hydration week. Of note this year the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is holding its Swallowing Awareness Day on the 14 March 2018.

Recipe of the month!

Hydration: Let’s Drink To That!

The excellent Leading Nutrition dietitians down under in Australia have complied a practical article on improving hydration in older adults care. No recipes but plenty of good ideas for inspiration. I also suggest checking out the ‘recipe of the month’ from last years nutrition and hydration week newsletter for some amazing afternoon tea recipes, linked here.
You can find more cooking ideas and dementia mealtime information on The DMAT Pinterest boards. Just click on the Pinterest logo below and take a look.  

Thanks for reading, see you next month

Lee Martin MSc RD


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