Supporting Hydration

Featuring Maggie Beer with:
Dr Morgan Pankhurst – Accredited Practising Dietitian, Flinders Aged Care Food and Nutrition Research Team
Amanda Orchard – Chef, Maggie Beer Foundation
Module Description:
I have been jolted into action on this topic, after reading a prestigious study from London University which highlighted the cold drink preferences of aged care residents.
This study showed that out of 10 cold drink options, pineapple juice is their first preference, with water their last. 


This is important, because we know that not drinking enough can affect older people in many ways. This can:
  • Increase the risk of developing a urinary tract infection
  • Impact a person’s balance and increase the risk of falls
  • Affect the way medicines work – with many having a stronger effect on the body if a person is dehydrated
  • Cause digestive issues; including constipation
  • Impair cognitive function causing memory problems and brain fog
  • Affect the whole body and how it functions
This is compounded by the fact that older people are less likely to know when they are thirsty. Therefore, staff need to make a special effort to proactively encourage residents to drink more – not wait for residents to ask for something to drink. 
Aged care homes often focus on hydration needs in the summer months or when the weather is warmer, but it is something that should be focused on all year round.
In this module:
The importance of hydration & the hydration needs of older Australians
  • Food and drinks that count towards daily fluid intake
  • Practical ideas and recipes to support resident hydration
  • Special dietary considerations



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The Nitty Gritty

  • Duration & Cost

    All of the modules are designed to contain approximately 30 minutes of high quality content plus a self assessment check which could take another 10 to 15 minutes.

    The cost per module is free.

  • What do I get?

    These online training modules are designed to provide important practical skills that will help cooks and chefs provide wholesome, tasty foods for older Australians. On successfully completing each module you will receive:

    - MBF certificate
    - PDF download of key learning
    - MBF recipes presented in each module
    - Enrolment in the MBF Community Forum which encourages sharing of knowledge, answers to questions and access to experts
    - Ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and access to Maggie's expertise

  • Can I do it any time?

    Yes, once you have registered for a module you will be able to complete it at any time.

  • What happens after I complete the course?

    After completion, you will gain access to the MBF Community Forum, a place where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you might have and gain access to ongoing recipes created by the Maggie Beer team and expert chefs.

  • Ask Questions

    Once you've completed the course, you'll gain access to the MBF Community Forum where you'll be able to ask any outstanding questions to experts.

  • Learning Resources

    You will have access to the module PDFs and by enrolling in the MBF Community Forum, ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and Maggie's expertise.

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