Hospitals, Food and the Elderly
Older hospital patients need more help at mealtimes, according to research published in the October, 2006, issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing. Researchers studying 48 patients and 50 nurses during meals at two Australian medical wards found that 58 percent of patients over age 65 had problems with the mechanics of eating, such as opening food containers or using cutlery. Result: about a third of these patients left over two-thirds of their meals uneaten. The researchers recommended that food intake be monitored in the same way as urine output and drug-taking.
I have no doubt American hospitals would fare no better in such a study, and the recommendations make perfect sense to me. Generally, Americans overeat, but in hospitals, the combination of illness and, often, deplorable food can lead to serious malnourishment if left unattended. If you or a loved one – over age 65 or otherwise – is finding hospital food a challenge, be sure to ask for help, and don’t take no for an answer.
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