Hydration Interventions for older people living in residential and nursing care homes: overview of the literature

Cook, Glenda, Hodgson, Philip, Thompson, Juliana, Bainbridge, Lesley, Johnson, Amy and Storey, Paul (2019) Hydration Interventions for older people living in residential and nursing care homes: overview of the literature. British Medical Bulletin, 131 (1). pp. 71-79. ISSN 0007-1420

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Abstract

Introduction:
Care home populations experiencing high levels of multi-morbidity and dementia require support from caregivers to meet their hydration requirements. This article provides an overview of literature related to hydration interventions and highlights gaps in knowledge.
Sources of data:
This paper draws on UK-focused literature from Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), CINAHL, Medline, Proquest Hospital Premium Collection, Cochrane Library and RCN databases on hydration interventions for older people living with multimorbidity and dementia in care homes.
Areas of agreement:
Fluid intake is too low in care home residents, and no single hydration intervention is effective in addressing the complex problems that older residents present.
Areas of controversy:
There is a lack of consensus about how much fluid an older person should consume daily for optimum health. There is also lack of agreement about what interventions are effective in supporting individuals with complex physical and cognitive problems to achieve daily fluid intake targets.
Growing points:
To improve hydration care for residents, care home teams should be competent in the delivery of hydration care, and work closely with integrated multi-professional healthcare specialists to provide proactive case management.
Areas timely for developing research:
There is a need for understanding of what hydration practices and processes are effective for care home residents and including these in multi-component interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydration interventions, older residents, care home
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 15:31
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40191

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