The ‘DrinKit’ is a four-part guide developed collaboratively with care home staff from eleven care homes in Norfolk and Suffolk, UK .
Part 1: The Making Drinking Fun Activities and Engagement Toolkit
The toolkit aims to help care homes make drinking (even more) fun by make drinking a central part of day-to-day events, activities and friendly moments. It is a toolkit of information and activities to help care home residents understand the importance of drinking, help them drink more during activities, and associate drinking with pleasure and social contact.
It can also help staff consider how to help residents to drink better every day at every occasion and includes great ideas to make the activities in care homes more interesting and engaging as they focus on drinking. Your activity has succeeded if a resident has a moment of real human social contact with another resident, a visitor, carer or activities coordinator.
The Activities and Engagement Toolkit can be downloaded as a complete booklet, or you can ‘dip into it’ online, by going to the contents page and selecting the section or activity you are interested in, as each section and activity has been designed to be used individually. If printing out sections, make sure you carefully select the page numbers of the pages you wish to print out.
Part 2: The Drinks Diary
The Diary enables residents to record their own drinks intake.
Part 3: The 1-Hour Hydration Training
The training is designed to enable all care staff to be involved in supporting residents to drink well.
Part 4: The Hydration Champion Team Training Manual
The manual has ideas and information to develop a team of hydration champions in your care home. Teams can adapt and develop this training to improve and enhance staff knowledge about hydration care in their own working environments.
Available to download
Part 1 - The Making Drinking Fun Activities and Engagement Toolkit
Part 1A - A full set of downloadable picture cards for Picture Hydration Bingo
Part 1B - Downloadable Word documents
Part 2 - The Drinks Diary
Part 3 - The 1-hour Hydration Training
Part 3A - The full PowerPoint presentation for the training.
Part 3B - 1-Hr training certificate (Word document)
Part 4 - The Hydration Champion Team Training Manual
Part 4A - Hydration Champions Certificate (Word document)
Get in touch
For further information on DrinKit, please contact:
Lee Hooper, Lead Researcher for this project and Reader in Research Synthesis, Nutrition & Hydration
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich Norfolk. UK. NR4 7TJ. Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591268
Diane Bunn, Lecturer in Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Norfolk. UK. NR4 7TJ. Telephone: +44 (0)1603 591966
Florence Oluseyi Jimoh, Senior Research Associate
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich Norfolk. UK. NR4 7TJ.