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 country’s care-homes.
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.