The NACC Ensure Dignity Through Mealtimes

February 3, 2012 | By | Reply More

 

 

AFTER A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF DIGNITY IN CARE DAY THE NACC ANNOUNCE A NEW PUBLICATION THAT WILL ENSURE DIGNITY THROUGH MEALTIMES

Dignity Action Day spotlights the importance of continually upholding the dignity of people receiving care.   The new publication from the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) – How to Comply with CQC’s Outcome 5:  Nutritional Needs offers all community and residential social care providers the tools and know-how to ensure dignity through mealtimes.

Produced in collaboration with the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and set to launch in March 2012, the publication embeds nutritional well-being with best practice.  It is a valuable resource document, packed with information, guidance and practical tools, and focuses on the importance of mealtimes as part of the care service, as well as nutritional content.

The NACC supports the aims of Dignity Action Day to ensure that people in care are always treated as individuals, and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.  It recognises that mealtimes are significant occasions for those receiving care, both physically and emotionally, and the manner in which they are organised and delivered is vital in ensuring that dignity is upheld.

Martin Green, Chief Executive, ECCA, comments:  “Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that mealtimes are enjoyable experiences for those in receipt of care services.  The social aspect is as important as the nutritional content, and they should not be task orientated. Only by the mealtime being person centred can dignity be ensured. If it is enjoyable then ultimately the nutritional care will be excellent. An enjoyable meal recognises what people want, and how, where and with whom they want it.”

Karen Oliver, Chair, NACC concludes:  “The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Essential Standards of Quality and Safety are clear.  Dignity is a core component of any provision of care and inspectors will certainly expect providers of health and social care to demonstrate their compliance.  Our publication offers care professionals a practical resource that will help them meet these standards and ensure that mealtimes succeed in providing both nutritional well-being and dignity.”

For further information go to www.thenacc.co.uk

Telephone: 0870 748 0180

Email: info@thenacc.co.uk

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