Frail, dependent, care home residents are especially vulnerable to dehydration. This is in large part due to physical or cognitive impairments, and the organisation of care in these challenging environments. Dehydration is a significant problem among older people, which has adverse effects on their health and can result in admission to hospital.  I-Hydrate aims to optimise the hydration of residents and increase the number of residents consuming their daily target fluid intake.

This project is based in in two care homes in West London. The project team comprises nurses and healthcare assistants from the care homes, researchers from the University of West London, and clinicians from the CCG collaborative.

The programme has now been in place for nine months since we first discussed the project here. Since then, small changes have been implemented and recorded in exercises designed to initiate and maintain quality improvement. More details about progress will be posted here soon.

For further information regarding this project contact: jennie.wilson@uwl.ac.uk

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