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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 26 September 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 carried out a visit on 26 September 2013, talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

People's individual needs and preferences were catered for and staff showed us how they updated information in the kitchen about people's individual dietary needs. We saw records which identified the individual nutritional needs of people living in the home. These included risk assessments of people at risk of malnutrition and tools to monitor the nutritional intake of people for example food and fluid input / output charts. The care workers regularly weighed people and recorded this information in their care plan. This ensured that any changes were monitored and adjustments to people's diet were made, where appropriate.

We observed people during the lunchtime period. People were given a choice of drinks and asked about the meal they had chosen earlier in the day. Care workers were available to support people to eat and encourage them to finish their meals. People who did not eat very much were offered a meal replacement, another alternative or a smaller portion of food later in the afternoon.

People were provided with a choice of suitable and nutritious food and drink. We saw a copy of the menu which was nutritionally balanced and varied with two choices of meal each day. The assistant manager told us that some people had asked for different meals to be added to the menu. One person who used the service told us: "We are always given two choices of food at lunch time. There is other food available if I change my mind". Another person told us: "If I'm hungry during the day I only have to ask and I can have a snack". Another person who used the service told us: "The food here is lovely. There is always fresh fruit and soft drinks available in the lounge and I am offered tea and coffee throughout the day". This meant that people were supported to be able to eat and drink sufficient amounts to meet their needs.