Standard 4 of the Aged Care Quality Standards includes the food offered, by way of the menu.
The menu should be viewed as a vehicle for providing the residents with the opportunity to meet their nutrition needs. If it is full of energy dense, low nutrient, commercially prepared foods, we know the resident's nutritional intake will be poor. We also need to balance this with the resident food preferences which can be an interesting challenge and one which NPA APDs have a great deal of experience.
When was the last time your home had the menu audited? Has it been placed on hold over recent months? Has your food supply, or food service team changed? Do you know that your residents receive the correct meal? Is the documentation consistent?
NPA conduct menu audits against the Aged Care Quality Standards, providing a valuable report that guides continuous improvement. The on site visit is for a full day, often 7am to 6pm observing all the activities around food. In some situations, we can provide a remote service.
If you would like to know more about the NPA Menu Audit tool, contact me for your free 15-minute consultation. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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