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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 December 2010
Date of Publication: 9 February 2011
Inspection Report published 9 February 2011 PDF

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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

Our judgement

People are supported to maintain a healthy well balanced nutritious diet, meeting individual needs and requirements; however, some staff need to update their training in food hygiene.

User experience

One person with whom we spoke told us, "I help make the dinner once a week. Last night I cooked pork chops". Another person commented, "we can make what we like. I like cheese and pickle sandwiches".

Other evidence

During our visit on 30 December 2010, we saw people using the kitchen with and without support. People made their own drinks, lunch and accessed snack foods. Fresh fruit was available. People were able to eat or drink where they chose. The provider told us that service users sit down each week to plan the evening meals for the week ahead. We were informed that each service user makes their own choice in what they want to eat and can choose to make their own pack lunch to take on visits to community centres, or can receive support from staff if they prefer. We were told that one person living in the home chooses to eat breakfast in the lounge but take dinner in their bedroom. Staff have tried to encourage this person to use the dining room but have upheld the individual’s choice on where they wish to eat. We were also told that a daily intake record of food and drink is maintained for all people and includes foods eaten whilst away from the home.

Records of food choices were seen and a weekly menu had been planned. If additional nutritional or dietary support is needed, the provider will seek additional input. Where required, risk assessments are in place supporting people with dietary needs and the management of any risk of choking.

Staff have received training in food hygiene; however, from the information received from the provider, this showed that twelve people are due to renew the course in 2011 and/or have lapsed the three year refresher period.