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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 April 2014
Date of Publication: 14 May 2014
Inspection Report published 14 May 2014 PDF | 75.33 KB

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 7 April 2014 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We looked at the way the service maintained people's nutrition and hydration.

We found that the staff created weekly menus, from which people had two choices for their main meal of the day. People also had a number of other healthy options to choose from if they wished for something other than what was on the menu. This meant that people had access to a choice of suitable food and hydration.

We were told by staff that people were involved in preparing meals according to their ability. For example, one person was able to peel and chop vegetables, and enjoyed doing so. This was reflected in this person’s care plan, and the service had risk assessed this person to ensure it was safe for them to undertake this activity. Other people were involved in preparing their lunch boxes to take to their day service the following day, and in making drinks and breakfasts. People's involvement in preparing meals was care planned, and risk assessed where necessary to protect the person. This evidenced that staff promoted and encouraged people's independence, and tried to involve them in daily tasks as much as possible according to their abilities.

We were told that no one was on nutritional monitoring at the time of our inspection, as no one was at risk of malnutrition. People were weighed once weekly to ensure that their weight remained stable, and were assessed using the malnutrition universal screening tool (MUST). This ensured that they were protected from the risk of malnutrition.

Staff were monitoring the fluid intake for people using the service, we were told that this was because some people did not always have a good fluid intake and staff wanted to ensure that they were protected from the risk of dehydration.