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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 October 2013
Date of Publication: 25 October 2013
Inspection Report published 25 October 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 9 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

A person who lived at the home said: “The food is good here.” Relatives we spoke with told us that they thought the meals provided in the home were of good quality and served in sufficient quantities. One relative said: “There is always plenty of fruit and vegetables, all healthy, no rubbish, 10 out of 10.” We saw that a range of alternatives were available every day for people to choose. This meant that people had been given choices about the food they wanted to eat.

Another relative we spoke with told us that staff supported their relative to eat and drink healthily. The relative said: “There is plenty of healthy food options.” We saw that drinks and snacks were available throughout the day of our inspection. We saw that staff asked people if that wanted a drink and offered choices.

Equipment was available to help people to eat and drink independently. For example, we saw that that cutlery had been adapted to meet people’s needs. At lunchtime we saw that staff spent time with people and supported then to eat and drink when it was appropriate.

Staff told us how people’s health had been considered when their care had been planned. We found that this had been recorded in care plans. During lunchtime we saw how food was prepared to meet people’s different needs. This matched what we had been told and read.