I-hydrate training intervention for staff working in a care home setting: an observational study

Greene, Carolynn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1170-376X, Canning, Deebs, Wilson, Jennie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4713-9662, Bak, Aggie, Tingle, Alison, Tsiami, Amalia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1122-4814 and Loveday, Heather ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2259-8149 (2018) I-hydrate training intervention for staff working in a care home setting: an observational study. Nurse Education Today, 68. pp. 61-65. ISSN 0260-6917

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Dehydration is a complex and well-recognised problem for older people residing in care homes. Within the social care sector support staff provide the majority of direct care for residents, and yet receive minimal training.

To design, deliver and evaluate a hydration specific training session for care home staff to develop their knowledge and skills in supporting the hydration of care home residents.

An observational study comprising a pre-test post-test survey of staff knowledge following a training intervention.

Participants and Settings
Training of care home staff took place in two care homes in North West London.

An interactive training session was developed and delivered, with content informed by observations of hydration care within the two homes and evaluated using CIRO model. Participant self-evaluation forms were used to collect data after the session regarding satisfaction and usefulness of the session, and pre and post levels of self-reported knowledge across six facets of hydration care. Training facilitators captured qualitative data in the form of field notes. Observations of hydration care explored the impact of training on practice.

Eighteen training sessions were delivered. A total of 161 participant evaluation forms were returned. There was a significant increase in self-reported knowledge across all six facets of hydration care (p = 0.000). The majority of participants found the training enjoyable and useful, and expressed an expected change in their practice. Participants enjoyed the interactive components of the training. A lack of reflective practice skills meant participants were unable to reflect realistically about the hydration care provided in the home.

Providing focused training on hydration in the care home environment benefits from being interactive and experiential. Although such training can be effective in increasing staff knowledge, inclusion of skills in reflective practice is required if this knowledge is to be translated into practice.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.05.014
Keywords: Older people; Hydration; Staff training; Nursing care homes; Reflective practice
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Care homes
Depositing User: Deebs Canning
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:57
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5113


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