08 Apr 2020
Firstly, thank you for volunteering to support the NHS and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. You're help is greatly appreciated.
The British Dietetic Association has asked our members, who are experts in clinical diet and nutrition, to develop resources to help you if you are delivering food or shopping on someone's behalf.
Many of those that have to self isolate as a result of COVID-19 will have other health conditions and may require specialist diets and support, so getting this right is important.
Older people may require more energy and protein to help keep them well while isolating, so we've created advice on what to include.
- Key store cupboard items for older people - a guide to calorie dense foods to include for any shop for older people
- Helping Older Adults Keep Well infographic
- Guide to good nutrition in older age - a guide to good nutrition, hydration, getting enough energy and protein, and portion sizes for older people.
- Shopping guide for older people
Patients with kidney disease need to avoid high sodium and potassium foods.
- Renal Patients Food List - a list of foods more suitable for a patient with kidney disease/undergoing dialysis
The BDA produced a wide range of free food fact sheets, covering specific nutrients, medical conditions and diets. Some key ones:
- Living with Food Allergy - helpful advice on food allergens and interpreting labels
- Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
- Hypertension and Diet - dietary considerations for someone living with high blood pressure
- Vegetarian and Vegan Diets