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Health and Social Care: Malnutrition - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:49 pm on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Browning Baroness Browning Conservative 2:49 pm, 5th November 2019

Could my noble friend please take a look at the frail elderly living alone at home who are not necessarily regularly seen by doctors because they do not present with symptoms? Very often, the older people get the more difficult it is, as the body starts to age, for them to absorb nutrients, even when they are eating a mixed diet. Could she take a look at that particular group, in the way that we look at people who have regular check-ups with a GP for heart problems and diabetes, to ensure that they are not just deteriorating? It is not until they deteriorate to the point where they become ill and symptomatic that people start to notice that there is a problem.