This Nutrition and Hydration Week (13th-19th March), we are raising awareness of the importance of nutrition amongst our patients.
Food, and education about the right foods to eat, is a very important aspect of care in every service at the Hospice, and staff and volunteers go the extra mile to make sure patient needs are catered for.
Liz Watson, Staff Nurse and Nutrition Link Nurse, tells us more:
“We care for patients with incurable conditions, who need food that will provide the vital vitamins and energy needed for better physical health, but food that also offers comfort at a time when they need it. Our staff and volunteers go the extra mile to make sure patient needs are catered for whilst they are in our care and we also make sure patients and families have the right education to continue this at home.
“Within our Children and Young Adults Team, the staff often give up their lunch breaks to feed the young people they are looking after. Not just this, staff think of creative ways to help our children to enjoy food. Some of the children we care for have a blended diet, but our staff don’t want them to miss out so they really think out of the box. This might be involving children in baking and feeding them cake mix through their gastrostomy, and more recently staff made sure children could get involved in Pancake Day.
“Food and nutrition is just as important for our patients in our Adult Services, with many people commenting that nutrition has had a positive impact on their quality of life. With the right nutrition we aim to improve their comfort, relieve symptoms and enable them to enjoy their food.”