The Nursing Assistant: Nutrition and Hydration

A caregivers assistance and encouragement play an important role in helping residents receive adequate food and fluid intake. Federal regulations require that nursing homes provide appropriate nutritional care and do everything possible to prevent unplanned weight loss among residents. Failure to fulfill these requirements can result in survey deficiencies, fines, or legal action. A resident who does not receive adequate food and fluid intake is often weak and more susceptible to diseases, falls, bone fractures, confusion and agitation, bruises, skin tears, and pressure ulcers. Fortunately, malnutrition among elderly residents is most often avoidable. To help ensure proper nutrition, each resident at the facility must receive a nutritional assessment from a registered dietitian on a regular basis.

This program demonstrates how nurse aides can assist residents with food and fluid intake.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • List at least three factors that may cause a resident to have inadequate food and fluid intake
  • Describe consequences that can occur if a resident becomes malnourished and underweight
  • Describe three ways to assist a resident with food and fluid intake during mealtime
  • Describe the actions that should be taken if a CNA notices a change in a residents food and fluid intake
Price: $149.00 USD

Product ID: MED728
Media: DVD
Year: 2014
Duration: 18:15 minutes
Language: English
Tags: Nursing Assistant Skills, Dietary Nutrition
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