Nutrition and Hydration

Good Food and drink is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying experiences we can have and of course we all need water and food to function properly. Unfortunately, in older people maintaining nutrition and hydration can be a real challenge. This course provides an introduction to the dietary needs of the older person, so that the right diet choices can be made and concerns can be identified and reported.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at any member of staff who assists people to eat and drink at mealtimes and at anyone who is responsible for meeting the nutrition and hydration needs of individuals they care for.

Aim of the course

Participants will be able to better understand the importance of nutrition and hydration in the elderly and the impact poor nutrition and hydration has.

What will we cover

  • Principles of hydration, nutrition and food safety;
  • Promoting choice;
  • How to support individuals;
  • Identity the symptoms of poor diet and improve them;
  • Importance of structured mealtimes;
  • Identify barriers to eating & drinking.


The course lasts 4 hours and will involve participant participation, group activity and open discussions in a relaxed learning environment.

Upon successful completion of multiple-choice questionnaire, a certificate will be awarded. Our experienced trainers will be on hand to help throughout.

Important Information

This course will enhance the staff member’s knowledge and understanding of nutrition & hydration, promoting best practise in the work place.

This course links directly to the Care Certificate and Diplomas in Health & Social Care; it can be cross-referenced for evidence towards these awards.

To book a place or to find out when the training sessions are being held, please contact Stephen Woodward at or call her on 01902 297873.

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