Using the previous aged care standards, it was always very easy to see where nutrition and hydration fitted. Standard 2.10 and 4.8 related to nutrition and hydration and the food service.
With the recent changes to the standards, food and nutrition now fits across all 8 standards and is not quite as easily identified. Central to all the standards is the residents need for real choice.
Does your menu offer real choice? Where does that occur? When are meal orders taken? The day before, the week before or even the month before? Who takes the orders? How do they communicate with those residents with Dementia? Do the staff just choose for the resident and tick the box?
We know best practice is at the point of service. In these challenging times, choice at the point of service is still possible. It may take some rearranging,a few more resources and some innovation, but well worth the effort.
If you would like to explore some innovative solutions, don't hesitate to contact me for a free 15 minute conversation to help you get on the right track!(firstname.lastname@example.org)
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