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Benefit of using volunteers for mealtime assistance

Benefit of using volunteers for mealtime assistance
Benefit of using volunteers for mealtime assistance
Background: Poor nutrition is common among older inpatients and giving them enough help to eat and drink is challenging for time-pressured nurses.

Aim: To compare the use of trained volunteer mealtime assistants (MTAs) with usual care on female medicine for older people wards.

Method: A total of 29 MTAs helped 3,911 patients on the intervention ward on 229 weekday lunchtimes.

Results: Interviews and focus groups with patients, relatives, nurses and volunteers confirmed that MTAs improved the quality of mealtime care. Staff and MTAs recognised they were able to give extra time to patients who struggled to eat, which relieved pressure on nursing staff.

Conclusion: Trained volunteers can help older female patients at mealtimes, including helping them to eat, in a manner that is safe, sustainable and well received.
0954-7762
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Rossiter, Fiona
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Roberts, Helen
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Rossiter, Fiona
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Roberts, Helen
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Rossiter, Fiona and Roberts, Helen (2015) Benefit of using volunteers for mealtime assistance. Nursing Times, 111 (12), 22-23. (PMID:26182554)

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Abstract

Background: Poor nutrition is common among older inpatients and giving them enough help to eat and drink is challenging for time-pressured nurses.

Aim: To compare the use of trained volunteer mealtime assistants (MTAs) with usual care on female medicine for older people wards.

Method: A total of 29 MTAs helped 3,911 patients on the intervention ward on 229 weekday lunchtimes.

Results: Interviews and focus groups with patients, relatives, nurses and volunteers confirmed that MTAs improved the quality of mealtime care. Staff and MTAs recognised they were able to give extra time to patients who struggled to eat, which relieved pressure on nursing staff.

Conclusion: Trained volunteers can help older female patients at mealtimes, including helping them to eat, in a manner that is safe, sustainable and well received.

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Published date: 16 March 2015
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 386904
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386904
ISSN: 0954-7762
PURE UUID: 8bbefa6b-ad23-42ce-8d6b-2b58ef6bd813
ORCID for Helen Roberts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5291-1880

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Date deposited: 05 Feb 2016 12:04
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 01:49

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Author: Fiona Rossiter
Author: Helen Roberts ORCID iD

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