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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 October 2012
Date of Publication: 13 October 2012
Inspection Report published 13 October 2012 PDF | 79.95 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 8 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

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. We saw that some people were more independent than others regarding their nutritional needs and this alongside their likes and dislikes was detailed in their care plans. Those who were more independent were assisted with their own meal timetable, their food shopping and preparation of their meals. Others shared a food timetable and each had a part in developing the meal plan at the beginning of the week. We saw records of discussions which showed that people were able to contribute equally to the choice of food each day. There was a folder full of pictures to assist people during these discussions. Meal planners were displayed in the kitchen alongside the name of the person who had chosen each meal. There was also a communication board in the lounge which showed the next planned meal in picture format.

The meals we saw planned for the week of our visit were balanced and nutritious and included meals such as sweet and sour chicken and shepherds pie and vegetables. People we communicated with indicated that they enjoyed their food and that they enjoyed helping to prepare it. Staff told us that each person had a day when they would help with preparing the meals and, if that person was out or did not wish to assist, then the opportunity would be passed to someone else.

During our visit we saw that people were able to eat at a time and in a place which suited them. The service was a busy one with people attending different activities at different times and the flexibility of meal times clearly suited the people living in the service.