Food provision in UK care homes is under scrutiny following a recent national newspaper report that revealed some care homes are spending as little as £2.27 a day on food for each resident*.
Branding the findings ‘a national disgrace’, the report has provoked renewed concerns about the number of elderly suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.
Committed to eradicating malnutrition and dehydration in both residential and community social care, the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), in collaboration with the English Community Care Association, has produced;
How to Comply with CQC’s Outcome 5: Meeting Nutritional Needs.
The publication is the definitive best practice guide for all care providers and is to launch on 15 March 2012.
This valuable toolkit contains the right information, guidance and practical tools needed by care providers to make sure they can comply with Outcome 5 of the Care Quality Commission’s Essential Standards of Quality and Safety, which focuses on meeting nutritional needs. It also tells them where vital information on all other care services and issues can be found, removing the confusion and uncertainty caused by the sheer volume of information available.
The NACC’s publication is an easy-to-follow resource document that enables care professionals to fully understand exactly what the Care Quality Commission is asking of them, their responsibilities, what inspectors will be looking for, and what evidence they will need to provide to demonstrate compliance.
As well as vital information and advice, the toolkit also includes useful practical aids, including fact sheets, implementation plans and links to other relevant resources. These will prove particularly helpful for smaller care providers that may not have access to such support.
Karen Oliver, NACC Chair, comments:
“Complying with Outcome 5 significantly reduces the risk of poor nutrition and hydration in care homes.
It’s therefore essential that all care providers receive as much support and information as possible to ensure they meet all the standards set out by the Care Quality Commission and guarantee the nutritional health and well-being of the people entrusted to their care.
Our definitive toolkit does just that. It makes compliance less daunting and completely achievable, and gives providers the knowledge and tools to help eradicate malnutrition and dehydration in care environments.”
For more information on How to Comply with CQC’s Outcome 5: Meeting Nutritional Needs go to www.thenacc.co.uk.