The NHS has been addressing the growing problem of older people becoming malnourished while in hospital, either because they don’t get food they can eat or the help they need to eat it. However, malnutrition among older people in care has proved to be a more difficult problem to tackle as many residential care homes are small family-run establishments. The Food First project, led by two registered dietitians based at Bedfordshire primary care trust (PCT), now part of South Essex partnership trust (SEPT), aims to address the root causes of the condition.
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