Older Adults' and Their Informal Caregivers' Experiences and Needs regarding Nutritional Care Provided in the Periods before, during and after Hospitalization: A Qualitative Study

Authors Debbie ten Cate , Mattanja Mellema , Roelof Ettema , Marieke Schuurmans , Lisette Schoonhoven
Published in Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
Publication date 2021
Research groups Proactive care for elderly people living at home
Type Article

Summary

To enhance prevention and treatment of malnutrition in older adults before, during and after hospitalization, deeper understanding of older adults’ and informal caregivers’ perspective on nutritional care is important. One-time in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 older adults who had been discharged from hospital, and seven informal caregivers. We explored their experiences and needs regarding nutritional care provided in the periods before, during and after hospitalization. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) dietary intake, (2) food service during hospitalization, (3) nutrition-related activities, (4) whose job it is to give nutritional care, and (5) competing care priorities. Further, several opinions about nutritional issues were identified. Older adults and informal caregivers did not always experience optimal nutritional care. When discussing nutritional care, they mainly focused on the in-hospital period. When providing nutritional care and developing guidelines, older adults’ and informal caregivers’ perspective on nutritional care should be incorporated. Here, the periods before, during and after hospitalization should be taken into account equally.

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  • Debbie ten Cate | Researcher | Research group Chronic Diseases
    Debbie ten Cate
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Proactive care for elderly people living at home
  • Roelof Ettema | Researcher | Methodology of Practice-Based Research | Chronic Diseases
    Roelof Ettema
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Research Competence

Language English
Published in Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics
Year and volume 40 2-3
Key words older adults, informal caregivers, malnutrition, nutritional care, qualitative research, hospitalization, thematic analysis
Page range 80-107

Debbie ten Cate

Debbie ten Cate | Researcher | Research group Chronic Diseases

Debbie ten Cate

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Proactive care for elderly people living at home