(POS3-48) D-DRINC study A: An ethnographic study exploring how older people, living with dementia, consume drinks in a care home setting

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Background: Low-intake dehydration, from not drinking enough, is associated with multiple health conditions, risk of hospitalisation and increased risk of mortality. One third of care home residents are dehydrated globally(1). Older care home residents, with dementia, might need more assistance or encouragement to drink, to avoid dehydration, due to forgetting to drink, or being unable to recognise, grasp or reach drinks.
Aim: To explore how older people living with dementia consume drinks, when living in a care home.
Methods: I collaborated with public involvement contributors to co-design this ethnographic study (UK NHS Ethics IRAS ID: 317892). This inclusive approach ensured the voices of those affected by dementia were central to the design, conduct and aims of this study. I conducted ethnographic observations and interviews (covering day and night shifts over a 7-day period) with seventeen staff (various roles) and four residents within the home, recording actions, interactions, routines, practices, and discourses, which may or may not have led to residents drinking, from November 2022-April 2023. I also recorded information about the care home environment.
Findings: I will generate key themes from the data using thematic discourse analysis, to identify discursive and interactional strategies which may or may not lead to residents drinking. If appropriate, I will organise the key themes within Bronfenbrenner’s(2) socio-ecological model to contextualise the multi-level system in which older people access, receive and drink fluids, within a care home setting.
Impact: The knowledge generated from this study will help dementia researchers to develop a contextualised understanding of what influences how older people, living with dementia, drink in care homes over a 24-hour period. Such knowledge is crucial when designing and developing appropriate interventions to provide nuanced training to care home staff, to support people living with dementia to drink enough fluids, to prevent low-intake dehydration.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2023
Event33rd Alzheimer Europe - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 16 Oct 202318 Oct 2023


Conference33rd Alzheimer Europe

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