Food and nutrition is an "essential" aspect of elderly care, a leading charity has said.
Age Concern made the statement as a response to the Department of Health's Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board's mid-year report, which has recently been published.
The charity's head of public affairs Patrick South warned that the problem of nutrition deficiency among older patients "hasn't gone away and won't be solved within one year".
Mr South stated: "Food is an essential part of care and is critical in treating older people with dignity and respect."
Healthcare staff should be given more training in the area of patient nutrition, he added.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Bel Mooney recently praised a Barchester care home for its high standards of dementia care - and the quality of meals it offers to residents.
The writer commented that the team at Barchester St Thomas's in Basingstoke, Hampshire, has a "brilliant, dedicated" chef.
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