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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 September 2013
Date of Publication: 9 October 2013
Inspection Report published 09 October 2013 PDF | 80.82 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 9 September 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We saw that people were protected from the risk of dehydration and inadequate nutrition. We observed how people were supported over the breakfast and lunch time periods. We saw that people had been given a choice of food and drinks. We saw staff explain to people who used the service what the meal was and that they checked with them what they wanted. For example at lunch time we saw that staff showed people a choice of fillings for a sandwich and a range of different drinks. Staff took time to ensure that people understood what was available to them.

We saw that people had been supported with their meal as needed. When people needed assistance this was provided sensitively and was unhurried. We saw staff ask people if they needed assistance before they cut items up for them.

We saw that staff encouraged people to remain as independent as possible. We saw people were encouraged to place butter on their bread and add the filling. We saw the use of adapted equipment as described within care plans to enable people to be more independent.

We saw that staff used a thickener in people’s fluids as recommended within guidelines from speech and language therapists. We viewed risk assessments about nutritional intake and found that staff had provided care that matched these. We saw that staff regularly recorded what people had eaten and drunk in order to ensure that people had received sufficient food and drink. This meant that people’s health and welfare was protected because staff ensured people’s nutritional needs had been met.