The undernutrition home monitoring service can be used for patients in care homes or in their own homes.

Patients weigh themselves or are weighed by a carer. This reading is sent by a communication channel of choice back to the healthcare professional.

In care homes, the Inhealthcare Professional app can be used to input patient readings.

Questions around oral nutritional supplement (ONS) compliance and appetite are analysed using the MUST screening tool and patients at risk of undernutrition are flagged.

Benefits of undernutrition home monitoring
Improves clinical outcomes

The undernutrition service acts as an early warning system, highlighting deterioration in health and ONS compliance early. At Southern Health and Social Care Trust, the undernutrition service reduced the average length of time residents were prescribed ONS as their nutritional health improved.

Improves coordination and integration between health and social care

The service improves coordination between dietitians, care homes and primary care as well as improving visibility of each resident’s health.

Reduces outpatient visits and increases capacity

A reduction in the frequency of home visits from specialist dietitians to make routine assessments reduces travel costs and increases the capacity of the dietetic teams.

The automated system offers great support to the dietitians and empowers the care home staff to take a more proactive approach to monitoring their increasing number of vulnerable residents.

Mandy Gilmore, head of dietetics at Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Using the undernutrition service has transformed the way that we are able to deliver dietetic services. What’s more, family and care home staff report that patients feel more supported and cared for as they know that someone is looking at the information and will contact them if there are any concerns.

Catherine McShane, lead dietitian at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
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