This figure comes after a huge survey was conducted, researching community’s, hospitals and care homes. Researchers estimated that of the three million either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, 93% were living at home or in sheltered accommodation, 5% in care homes and 3% in hospital or other NHS settings.
The report also looked at previous research on malnutrition from a similar range of settings and found that elderly people, particularly those with long term conditions were most at risk.
The increasing pressure surrounding the topic has resulted in a whole host of improvements including more screening and better food in hospitals and care homes.
According to guidelines there should be a malnutrition screening checklist which measures height, weight and any recent weight loss to give a malnutrition risk score. However this process is not undertaken nearly enough resulting in BAPEN calling for ministers to include more incentives.
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