We often hear older people exclaim: 'I can't eat all of that'! The meal size may look quite small to us when our appetites are healthy. Unfortunately, as we age, activity and appetites can dwindle. We must keep this in mind when we are providing meals- we need to offer a range of serve sizes. This can be very challenging.
Many aged care homes document that residents require a small, medium or large serve. In practice what does this mean? Do we use different sized serving utensils for each size? Over the years, NPA have seen very few homes that have standard serves sizes documented with the respective serving utensils. It is often left to each staff member to determine the size of the meal.
If the serves are bigger than the resident's appetite, we run the risk of them not eating anything at all and the resident becoming even more malnourished. If a resident requests small or extra small serves, this should be respected but the mid meals and nourishing fluids become even more important as a source of nutrients.
If a resident requests a small, medium or large serve we need to provide the right quantity consistently across the menu!
Does your organisation understand its food and nutrition risks? Are you meeting the new Aged Care Quality Standards for Nutrition Care? What is the real cost of poor nutrition in your organisation?
The food served in aged care homes is in the spotlight. Consumers are increasingly demanding a better quality of food and have greater needs than ever before. In addition, the costs associated with providing good food and good nutrition care are increasing.
The true costs of providing the correct nutrition to consumers is hidden. Do you know how much you spend on oral nutrition supplements, aperients, wound dressings and wound care? Food Services are often seen as separate from Clinical Care when in fact food and nutrition sit under every one of the new Aged Care Quality Standards,
NPA are offering a new workshop in 2020:
CLICK HERE for a program.
Friday 3rd April 2020 | 8.00am to 12.00pm | Registration at 8.30am
This workshop will explore how the new standards relate to nutrition care. This workshop is designed for all Managers in Aged Care Homes- CEO/ Site Manager/ Care Manager/ Food Service Manager/ QI Coordinator and wll assist your organisation to:
CLICK HERE to register for the day.
Think ST Solutions will also provide a seminar in the coming weeks to complement NPA's approach: Reviewing a Food Safety Management Plan.
Friday 15 May 2020 | 9am to 12pm
Andrew Thompson states that: "Food safety compliance is an area of operational risk which is largely overlooked across the foodservice sector. Ignoring operational risk can expose any foodservice operation to significant losses."
To register contact Andrew on email@example.com or see website www.thinkstsolutions.com.au.
All managers are encouraged to attend both workshops to truly undertand the risks associated with food and nutrition in aged care and to ensure compliance with Accreditation standards.