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Nutrition, hydration and end of life care

More people are living longer and consequently discussion and dilemmas around nutrition and hydration at the end of life will become more commonplace. This article discusses the issues that nurses may be presented with in respect to nutrition and hydration, and place of death in people who are coming to the end of their life.

Learning points The number of older and frail adults is increasing and therefore, so is the need for end of life care and nutrition needs. The need for food and liquid decreases as the end of life approaches and some people stop eating. The older population is becoming more diverse, so there is a need to be aware of the influences from faith and culture. Decision making at the end of life can be difficult. Good communication is key. The whole clinical/care team and the patient or their advocate should be involved. Nutrition and ageing Society is ageing, people are


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