Increasing nutritional intake and preventing weight loss by using oral nutrition supplements (ONS) in people living with dementia is not as simple as it sounds. Whether ONS are even indicated as an effective intervention is open to debate.
The link below takes you to an article I wrote for Network Health Digest (NHD) which is the UK’s only independent monthly magazine for nutrition and dietetic professionals. In the article I describe the research evidence and reasons why one must be cautious when using oral nutrition supplements in people with dementia.
After you have read the article you can complete a CPD exercise by answering the questions linked here.
There are many things that can be done to improve the effectiveness of ONS as highlighted in the table below. More information on these aspects are discussed in the full article.