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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 July 2013
Date of Publication: 3 August 2013
Inspection Report published 03 August 2013 PDF

Food and drink should meet people's individual dietary needs (outcome 5)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are supported to have adequate nutrition and hydration.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 30 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risks of inadequate nutrition and dehydration.

Reasons for our judgement

During our inspection on 30 July 2013, we observed the midday meal service. We saw that people were provided with a choice of suitable and nutritious food and drink, and were supported to be able to eat and drink sufficient amounts to meet their needs. The food looked appealing and was nicely presented.

This provider employed an external company to provide nutritionally balanced meals based on a four week menu plan. We looked at these and found they offered a wide variety of hot meal choices for each meal, and were appropriate to meet the dietary needs of a diverse community. In addition to the set menu, we observed that people were offered alternative 'lite meals' such as omelettes. These were freshly cooked and served to people on request.

We observed that although people were encouraged to dine together and socialise, if they preferred to have their meals more privately this was respected by staff. Where people needed assistance at meal times, this was done in a respectful way with conversation to encourage independence.

We noted from the care files that we looked at, that each person had a risk assessment completed in relation to their nutritional needs. People were weighed each month, and where a risk had been identified, specialist dietary advice had been sought and an appropriate care plan had been implemented.