Good nutrition is vital for the health and wellbeing of someone receiving care. It’s particularly important for someone who is recovering from an illness. Eating only a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition.
Malnutrition can be caused by:
- some diseases, such as cancer
- some medications, which can interfere with the body's ability to absorb nutrients
- problems with dentures making eating difficult
- problems with swallowing (dysphagia) and chewing due to neurological conditions
- lack of appetite
- loss of smell (anosmia) or taste
If someone isn’t getting enough nutrients they may not respond well to medical treatment.