Essay On Person Centred Care

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Intrinsically linked to oral health, nutrition and hydration can be influential to a patient’s recovery and overall disposition during care. Encouraging a patient to participate in healthy nutrition and hydration supports person-centred care. A carer’s priority is safeguarding against malnutrition, dehydration and overhydration, but a patient’s wellbeing depends on a comprehensive view of nutritional care. To deliver person-centred care in this situation requires appropriate systems and protocol in place as a first measure (BAPEN REF). Many vulnerable populations are either currently afflicted with or at risk of malnutrition or improper hydration, which can have serious repercussions on their health (BAPEN REF). By having procedures to monitor…show more content…
By creating these small adjustments in the patient’s nutritional care, the patient’s independence and dignity are maintained. The patient, such as a stroke patient in rehabilitation, may also be reluctant to take an active role in their nutritional care so firm encouragement by the carer is needed. The presentation and availability of food and drink must also be assessed to deliver person-centred care (BAPEN REF). Patients may forego food if it looks unappetizing so it is important to serve meals that are visually appealing. Serving appetizing meals may also protect against malnutrition (BAPEN REF). Although protected mealtimes ensure that food and drink is given to every patient with minimal distraction, some patients may become hungry or thirsty in the hours between meals. Making food, like sandwiches or toast, and water available to patients may reduce the risk of malnutrition and dehydration and improve patients’ wellbeing (BAPEN REF). Good nutritional care achieved by person-centred practice means not only reducing risk of malnutrition and fluid imbalance but improving the patient’s quality of life,
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