This week Ruth discusses overcoming malnutrition.
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Care Catering – Overcoming malnutrition
As sponsors of this year’s Cost Sector Care Catering Award it was refreshing to see just how far the significance of good nutrition has risen up the care agenda. All five of the finalists demonstrated catering operations which were helping shape a reduction in malnutrition and the risk of developing it.
Winner Jason Jones of Catering Academy particularly stood out, not just for his passion for good food but for identifying and taking achievable steps to channel that passion into a foodservice that helps deliver part of a holistic healthcare service.
Unintended weight loss in the elderly is a major and ongoing concern. The Malnutrition Taskforce has found that under-nutrition in later life affects over a million older people and that a staggering 37% of people aged 70 plus who have recently moved into a care home are at risk of malnutrition.
Not all care homes are fortunate enough to have the investment, kitchens or staff that can deliver in-house catering. For those without these resources available, the decision to use a prepared meal is one that can deliver a cost effective and consistent menu.
Prepared meals provide the security of assured and accurate information, full diet and allergen coding, menus developed by Dietitians, meals suitable for on-demand feeding, exact portion size, menu variance and can also help tackle malnutrition effectively.
Whether you have the resources in-house or choose to buy in prepared meals, the options are available to create the best possible care catering operations like all of this year’s finalists.