- Can nonnursing staff effectively provide feeding assistance to nursing home residents?
- How effective and cost-effective is this practice?
This resource describes a randomized controlled trial to determine the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of training nonnursing staff to provide feeding assistance for nutritionally at-risk nursing home residents.
- Inadequate food and fluid intake are common problems in nursing home residents.
- In this study, nonnursing staff were trained to provide between-meal supplements for the intervention group of nursing home residents. The control group received usual care.
- The intervention had a significant effect on between-meal caloric intake, with the intervention group consuming, on average, 163.33 calories per person per day more than the control group.
- The intervention costs were $1.27 per person per day higher than usual care. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio for the intervention was 134 kcal per dollar.
- It is cost-effective to train nonnursing staff to provide caloric supplementation, and this practice has a positive effect on residents’ caloric intake between meals.