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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 December 2012
Date of Publication: 1 January 2013
Inspection Report published 1 January 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 reviewed all the information we have gathered about Cricklade House Residential Home, looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, reviewed information sent to us by other organisations and carried out a visit on 7 December 2012. We observed how people were being cared for, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care, talked with people who represent the interests of people who use services and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and talked with stakeholders.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

People were provided with a choice of suitable and nutritious food and drink. People told us they were asked what food they liked. They had their needs and preferences considered and meals served represented their choices. The manager told us that they used only fresh foods for the preparation of meals. We saw the food storage areas in the kitchen and these had quantities of fresh meats, vegetables and dairy produce.

People’s food and drink met their religious and cultural needs. We saw that a person's preference for Caribbean food was considered. We saw these catered for during the lunchtime meal at the home. The manager told us some people needed a reduced fat or low sugar diet and spoke of the improvement experienced by a person since they began a healthy eating programme.

People were supported to be able to eat and drink sufficient amounts to meet their needs. None of the people using the service were at risk of malnutrition; all of them had good appetites and enjoyed their meals. We saw that a member of staff sat with people during meals, they supported discreetly a person that needed assistance with eating their meal.