Hydration Toolkit for Care Homes

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To register your interest in accessing the resources within the Hydration Toolkit for Care Homes, please  just drop an email to hydration@lancashirecare.nhs.uk. We will then contact you to have a chat about hydration in your care home, and the resources in the Hydration Toolkit. You will then get a password to give you access to the resources which are available just for care homes.

Dehydration is particularly dangerous to elderly people. Symptoms arise suddenly and the consequences can be fatal. Improving access to drinking water in care homes is a simple and effective health promotion measure, requiring a change of approach rather than additional investment. It would improve the quality of life for residents – and reduce the costs of healthcare. 
Jack Jeffery, Chairman, Royal Institute of Public Health

Lancashire Care is working with care homes across Lancashire to promote the hydration of residents. These pages are to share some of our thoughts and approaches with you. Please contact us via hydration@lancashirecare.nhs.uk with any feedback or suggestions.

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Introduction

Educational Resources

GULP Assessment

Fluid Monitoring Resources

Supporting Documents and Resources

Links and References

 

Introduction

Dehydration is a common problem among older adults and there is national concern due to evidence of the failure to meet basic hydration needs within all settings. Within the Central Lancashire footprint there are over 3000 care homes beds providing nursing and residential care for our older people. Therefore we have developed a Hydration Toolkit just for Care Homes. This has been designed, implemented and evaluated within a small number of care homes across the Central Lancashire Locality footprint.  We hope that you find the resources useful in your care home.  

The toolkit has been nominated and shortlisted for a 2016 RCNi Award within the Nursing Older People category.

Here you will find an Animation that has been created for you. This animation introduces you to some of the resources in the Toolkit, and to the residents that Can drink, Can’t drink and Wont drink within the care home.

 

Educational Resources

These presentations have been used with local Care Home staff to introduce the Toolkit. You may find it helpfulto use these resources during induction or training updates. We are providing these resources as is. They have been created in good faith for a local project and are used at your own risk. They do not constitute medical advice. If you want to discuss this further please contact us.

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GULP Assessment

In the absence of a nationally recognised Hydration Assessment tool, we have had the permission of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust to utilise a tool they designed and implemented. This is known as the GULP (Gauge, Urine, Look, Plan) assessment tool. This easy to use tool can be used with the other resources in the toolkit to promote hydration in the care home.

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Fluid Monitoring Resources

Innovative and creative Fluid Monitoring charts have been developed, with care home staff, to record your resident’s fluid intake. These resources are available as an individual chart or a 7 day booklet which includes a cumulative chart and care planning guidance.

We are providing these resources as is. They have been created in good faith for a local project and are used at your own risk. They do not constitute medical advice. If you want to discuss this further please contact us.

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Supporting Documents and Resources

Within this area are a number of resources that you can use in your care home to promote hydration.

You may not want to user them all, it is up to you to pick & mix and select the best mix for your residents.

During the pilot phase of implementing this toolkit, the audits were useful measure of practice within the care homes in relation to knowledge about hydration, and how fluid intake is recorded. You might wish to use these first along with the other resources in the Educational Resources section.

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Links and References

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