A recent study by the Welsh older people’s Commissioner has
brought to light some pressing matters of care-home malnourishment that have
been reported nationwide. The study brought to attention some rather alarming
details and incidents that supported some of Sova’s own views about the negligence
that takes place in some of our
The report reviewed 100 care homes and after evaluating their
results they deemed the whole situation ‘unacceptable’. In fact, the problem
was so apparent that Commissioner Sarah Rochira demanded an increased emphasis on
providing nutritionally balanced meals, and sufficient choice for the
vulnerable in care.
Many of the homes reviewed were providing poor quality meals
and little to no choice for their residents. One particular case reported that
there was a gentleman who required a soft foods-only diet, and the only food he
was given was mashed potato. In the afternoons many patient’s only food option
was cold, dry sandwiches, leaving many care-home residents hungry and unfulfilled.
This news was particularly unsavoury to us here at Sova, as
we know how important food can be to our clients, both for genuine nutrition,
and for morale too. Our staff help clients to cook and prepare balanced, nutritional
meals, as well going out and purchasing the food in the first place.
Even more shockingly, some trading standards officers found
that certain care homes were offering just 800 calories worth of food to their
residents a day – bearing in mind the recommended level is some 2,000 calories
per day, this is more than a bit worrying! This kind of negligence would never
occur with Sova home care, as our staff can help manage a diet or meal plan to
ensure clients are kept healthy and well-fed.
The good thing about a study such as this is it brings to
light failings in the care-home system which will now hopefully get address
sharply! What reports like this also do however is highlight some of the
negative aspects of sending your loved ones to a care home – of course not all
care homes are guilty of these malpractices, but such incidents go unnoticed
due to the short-staffed structure of many establishments.
If yourself or a loved one require that extra level of
support or care, but you’d rather receive a professional service in the comfort
of your own home, our personal care service is everything you’re looking for –
and you needn’t ever worry about malnourishment.