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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 17 May 2011
Date of Publication: 6 July 2011
Inspection Report published 6 July 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 were offered a range of food that reflected their individual preferences and dietary needs.

User experience

The majority of the people said the food was good. For example, one person said “the food is nice” People confirmed that portion sizes were good. People who use the service thought the food was hot enough.

Other evidence

During the lunchtime meal we saw people actively making their lunch. People were seen making choices with regard to what they wanted to put in their sandwiches for lunch. People were offered juice with their meal. A variety of meals are available on the menu over the given period. However, It was discussed with the management team that the alternative option could be more clearly indicated on the menu. People were reminded and encouraged to eat. Those people who needed assistance from staff received it. When they were assisting people staff offered help sensitively. Some people confirmed that they cook their own meal and buy their own shopping.

One person showed us the written instructions and guidance they had received after having been shown to cook a roast dinner.

Unfortunately people cannot eat their meals all together due to the design and size of the kitchen. The manager has implemented two sittings for dinner to ensure that people can eat their meal in comfort. Due to the limited space this also impacts when people are trying to undertake life skills with the assistance of staff due to the cramped conditions within the kitchen.