Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD
on 17 April 2020
Is your aged care home and food services prepared for a Covid 19 infection?
Each home or organisation will need to act slightly differently depending on their own policies, practices, the demands on resources and how the food service to residents is structured. Infection control strategies and Department of Health advice is paramount.
Strategies to consider and put into place
Limiting exposure of residents to staff- eg using designated staff to deliver all meals and mid meals
Providing a generous supply of snacks in the kitchenette/pantry that the designated staff can access easily
Ensure supply of high energy, high protein foods, eg eggs, milk, milk drinks
Supplements (in house or commercial) may need to be increased
If there are limited food service staff:
o Providing drinking water as bottled water
o Cease salad and sandwich preparation or consider buying them in
o May need to use portion control items more widely just ensure that they can be opened
o May need to purchase prepared meals to limit workload
o May need to move to an a la carte menu, giving resident only limited choice at the meal service
o Identify new staff early including Chef, food service assistants who can gain some additional training whilst business remains as usual
Message me to arrange a free, no obligation 15-minute aged care nutrition check!