Nutrition and Nutritional Care of Elderly People in Finnish Nursing Homes and Hospitals - Academic dissertation
Malnutrition is a common problem for residents of nursing homes and long-term care hospitals. It has a negative infl uence on elderly residents’ and patients’ health and quality of life. Nutritional care seems to have a positive effect on elderly individuals’ nutritional status and wellbeing. Studies of Finnish elderly people’s nutrition and nutritional care in institutions are scarce.
The primary aim was to investigate the nutritional status and its associated factors of elderly nursing home residents and long-term care patients in Finland. In particular, to fi nd out, if
the nursing or nutritional care factors are associated with the nutritional status, and how do carers and nurses recognize malnutrition. A further aim was to assess the energy and nutrient intake of the residents of dementia wards. A fi nal objective was to fi nd out, if the nutrition training of professionals leads to changes in their knowledge and further translate into better nutrition for the aged residents of dementia wards.
Research and development project on geriatric rehabilitation 2002-2006.
Abstracts of the reports in English (reports in Finnish):
Pitfalls on the path of rehabilitation:
HIDDEN VOICES – Elder Abuse Safety Guide for the Elderly
This safety guide for the elderly provides information on abuse and examines its various manifestations, gives details of where an elderly person may turn for help and support, and includes safety instructions. The guide emphasises the criminal nature of abuse; treatment of the subject, therefore, also includes the legislative viewpoint.