Salford has been chosen as one of the national pilot sites for a programme aimed at tackling poor nutrition among older people.
The Malnutrition Task Force, which includes Age UK Salford, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to raise awareness of the signs of under nutrition and to ensure older people receive the right level of support to keep healthy and well.
It is estimated that one in ten people aged 65 years or older are suffering from, or are at risk of, under nutrition. This results in higher numbers of hospital admissions with longer stays in hospital, compared to those who are well nourished.
Under nutrition can be caused by a number of reasons, including ill health, depression, anxiety, mobility issues, or a lack money. Salford has one of the highest admission rates related to malnutrition in the county and in the North West.
The Task Force offers people training to understand their nutritional needs and how to eat well in later life.
The programme is designed to raise awareness of the signs of under nutrition and to develop tools to ensure older people receive the right level of support to keep healthy and well.
Ten GP practices across the city will display supporting information about the programme and will be able to signpost people to other useful sources or services in the local community. These practices are:
- Newbury Green
- Lower Broughton
- Orient Road
- Springfield House
- Salford Health Matters – Willow Tree
- Sorrell Bank
For more information about the programme, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/salford