Not Enough Protein, Not Enough Water
Often, food is one of the greatest joys in the daily life of seniors. Is it any wonder when we discover that 96% of residents in long term care facilities are not getting enough protein and 50% are not getting enough vitamins and minerals?
Protein is critical in overcoming issues like heart failure, pressure ulcers and recovery from surgery to name a few conditions.
If seniors are not eating enough, they are probably not drinking enough either. Research also indicates that 90% of long term care residents are not drinking enough fluid. This is one of the most common causes of delirium in facilities.
Further, many but not all facilities are finding their staff rushed to get their residents fed on time. This puts these residents at risk for aspirating, food going down the wrong tube, and getting pneumonia.