A pioneering guide launched at a Sanctuary Care home could change the future
The best practice guide ‘How to Comply with CQC’s Outcome 5: Meeting Nutritional Needs’, has been produced by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) in collaboration with the English Community Care Association.
It could be instrumental in helping to eradicate malnutrition and dehydration in care homes and is designed to ensure that care providers are focused on creating a person centred mealtime experience.
As well as being sponsored by Sanctuary Care, the publication was launched at the organisation’s Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home as part of a regional launch on Thursday 29 March by Karen Oliver, National Chair of the NACC. Joining Karen was Sanctuary Care’s Hotel and Catering Services Manager Carole Dormer, who helped to produce the guide and special guests, including Dr Arlene Astell of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, whose research helps to develop interventions to maintain independence in ageing.
Speaking about her involvement Carole said: “At Sanctuary Care we have our own guides which ensure we are delivering the very best to those we care for in terms of nutrition and hydration. They also ensure we are creating a truly enjoyable dining experience because mealtimes really are the highlight of the day for so many people in care homes.
“Many care providers, especially smaller organisations, do not have this kind of resource so this is a one-stop guide which gives them a clear focus on mealtimes and what they should be doing to meet the needs of the people they care for.
“As a member of the NACC I was asked to have an input into the document and I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to do so. It will make a tremendous amount of difference to the lives of people in care homes and I am truly proud to have been part of it.”
The document is an easy-to-follow resource that shows care providers how to comply with Outcome 5 of the Care Quality Commission’s Essential Standards of Quality and Safety, which focus on nutritional needs. It outlines exactly what the CQC expects and how to meet the standards and demonstrate compliance. It also helps care providers to identify training needs and develop their teams.
Karen Oliver, Chair of the NACC added: “Complying with Outcome 5 is a must as it significantly reduces the risk of poor nutrition and hydration in all care provision and also ensures that the dignity of service users is respected. It is therefore imperative 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.
“We have worked closely with ECCA to create the ‘How to Comply’ guidance, which embeds nutritional well-being into good practice and enables all social care providers to meet Outcome 5: Meeting nutritional needs. The easy-to-follow document breaks down the barriers and makes compliance less daunting and completely achievable. It gives providers the right knowledge and tools to meet the standards without having to reinvent the wheel.”