Food, nutrition and mealtimes are a consistent feature in the research and have been raised repeatedly as an opportunity to respect residents' dignity, or undermine it. Meals and mealtimes affect the quality of life for older people and are indeed the highlight of the day for many people in residential care.

Good nutrition and hydration and enjoyable mealtimes can dramatically improve the health and well-being of older people. Mealtimes should therefore be considered a priority in terms of importance and dedication of staff time; systems within organisations should support this to uphold dignity.


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