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IDDSI. We all know the terminology and the standards are here to stay. Yet less than 50%* of aged care homes have converted from Australian textures to the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) standards. The IDDSI framework is a risk-based system, “providing a common terminology for describing food textures and drink thicknesses to improve safety for individuals with swallowing difficulties”. [i] While there is time involved in conversion, changes to processes and increased education for staff, there are many…

The unfortunate, increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout care facilities may mean a review of existing catering processes and procedures. Developing a specific outbreak menu if COVID-19 is contracted, is a great way to plan for meal preparation with limited staff in a COVID-19 safe environment. Food for thought Things like pre-prepared meal kits or selecting ingredients that can be easily sourced during the pandemic, can ensure residents continue to receive adequate nutrition and hydration if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak,…

Tracy Sutherland, our UK General Manager, spoke with the editor at the Care Home Environment about how SoupedUp is breaking the mould, empowering chefs, and lifting industry standards. When Belinda Adams founded SoupedUp over a decade ago, she had one goal in mind – to connect catering and care, everywhere. Working in the hospitality and care sectors, she knew all too well the complexities and pressures on care providers to deliver nutritious, wholesome food on strict budgets. This, at the…

Ah, paperwork! Something that must be done; however, no one likes doing it. Filling out form after form, day after day, can be extremely laborious and costly both in time and money, and now in the age of COVID-19, it can also be deadly. An average 50 bed residential care home spends up to 2 hours per day per resident completing manual paperwork. General administration, medication management, clinical care, training, managing purchasing, meal planning, catering, dietary requirements and evidencing everything…

It comes as no great shock that the Royal Commission’s Interim Report paints a grim picture of the aged care industry. Titled ‘Neglect’, the report called for immediate action in three key areas: Cease the use of chemical and physical restraints Streamline the home care package delivery process, and Remove young people who have been inappropriately placed into aged care. Another theme centred on the experience of those entering care, describing it as an “overwhelming sense of loss”, with many…

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