Jelly Drops Prove Popular at Avon Court for Nutrition and Hydration Week
'Water' they thinking about these jelly drops?! Kevin says they’re delicious!
This month, residents in Avon Court have been tasting jelly drops with our activities team as part of their efforts to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our minds and bodies hydrated. These delicious ‘water sweets’ have been designed to help make it easier for people to increase their water intake. They are 95% water with added electrolytes, and better still, they’re sugar free!
Nutrition and Hydration Week (14-20 March) has become a worldwide event now, building on the knowledge of health and social care professionals to make sure good practices are followed.
According to Age UK, 1 in 10 older people is undernourished, so this awareness week is really important to help everyone spot the signs of dehydration and malnutrition, and understand the risks. It can be a challenge for anyone to remember to drink enough water, especially if we don't feel thirsty.
Our team at Avon Court is very focused on making sure all residents are kept well hydrated and nourished with our menus and through having drinks and food available any time, to suit our residents, so there is always something available whenever they fancy. Our menus are easily adapted for those with dysphagia, and all dietary needs - including personal likes and dislikes – are taken into consideration.
Other ideas that the week is looking to promote, that we also have in place at Avon Court, are things like having specially adapted cutlery to help maintain independence, and making sure everyone is comfortable and happy, to encourage regular eating and drinking.
Our activities team do great work in helping all our residents to feel at home and to get involved, and you can follow some of the things they do on our Facebook page.