The presence of malnutrition in community-living older adults receiving home nursing services

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To determine the extent of malnutrition and malnutrition risk among community-living older people (aged 65 years and over) who are receiving care from a metropolitan home nursing service in Victoria, Australia.


Over a 3-month period (May–July 2009), 235 clients aged 65 years and over from a community nursing service providing home nursing care were assessed for malnutrition using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA®, Nestle, Vevey, Switzerland).


Thirty-four per cent (34.5%) of clients were identified as being at risk of malnutrition, while 8.1% were found to be malnourished. There was no significant relationship between nutrition risk and gender, country of birth or living arrangements.


Malnutrition and nutrition risk was found to be an issue among this sample of community-living older adults who were receiving home nursing care in Victoria, Australia. In this study, just over 40% of the participants were either at risk of malnutrition or malnourished, which highlights the vulnerability of this group of older people and the need for routine nutrition screening and a targeted intervention program to address nutrition issues.

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