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Essential Standards Outcome 5 Nutritional Standards

February 8, 2012

What CQC outcomes say about Eating and nutritional care

What should people who use services

experience?

 

People who use services:

  • Are supported to have adequate nutrition and hydration.

This is because providers who comply with the regulations will:

  • Reduce the risk of poor nutrition and dehydration by encouraging and supporting people to receive adequate nutrtion and hydration
  • Provide choices of food and drink for people to meet their diverse needs, making sure the food and drink they provide is nutritionally
    balanced and supports their health.

Prompts for all providers to consider
The following prompts relate to all registered providers where they prepare,
or support people who use services to prepare, food and drink. The term
‘provide’ means the preparation of food and drink and includes where the
service gives support to people to eat and drink. The food and drink used may
be purchased either by the provider or by the person using the service. These
prompts do not cover the administration of artificial hydration which may be
essential to maintain hydration.

I thought it might be useful to go through the sections of the outcome individually over the coming weeks so here is section  5A

Ensure personalised care by providing adequate nutrition,
hydration and support

5A Where the service provides food and drink, people who use services
have their care, treatment and support needs met because:

  • Staff identify where the person who uses services is at risk of poor nutrition, dehydration or has swallowing difficulties, when they first begin
    to use the service and as their needs change.

  • Action is taken where any risk of poor nutrition or dehydration is identified
    including any difficulty in swallowing or the impact of any medicines, and a
    referral is made to appropriate services.
  • They know that their medical dietary and hydration requirements are identified and reviewed.
  • Their plan of care includes how any identified risks will be managed.
  • Relevant staff know what a balanced diet is.

 

All the food we eat can be divided into five groups. In a healthy diet you eat the right balance of these groups.

They are:

  • Fruit and vegetables.
  • Starchy foods, such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes. Choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can.
  • Meat, fish, eggs and beans.
  • Milk and dairy foods.
  • Foods containing fat and sugar.

Most people in the UK eat too much fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables and fibre.

To maintain a healthy diet, the eatwell plate shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group.