Good nutrition plays an important role in improving overall health and well-being for all.  People who are homeless struggle to access the food and nutritional support they need, and this has serious consequences for their health.

This guidance resource was originally written by registered dietitians in 2012 as part of the QNI’s Opening Doors Project. The 2015 revision aimed to update the nutritional guidance in line with national nutritional trends, such as rising rates of
obesity. This third review in 2020 brings in some new key evidence related specifically to populations who are homeless and vulnerable.

The aim of the guidance is to update specialist community nurses on good practice. It can also be used as a reference by others with an interest in the health of people who are homeless, such as hostel staff, day-centre staff and support workers.


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