Is your aged care home and food service prepared for a Covid-19
What do you need to consider with food services in case of a lockdown?
Each home or organisation will need to act slightly differently depending on their own policies, practices,
the demands on resources and how the food service to residents is structured. Infection control strategies
and Department of Health advice is paramount.
Currently aged care homes have implemented social
distancing in a variety of ways. Group activities have been cancelled with many residents confined to
their rooms for the day. This includes receiving meals on a tray and having limited interaction with anyone
other than the nursing and care staff. Other homes have placed one resident to a table for meals and even
implemented a staggered meal service.
Ultimately, aged care residents have been isolated from
each other and have very little, if any interaction with their family. Unless addressed carefully, this
is likely to have a huge impact on their food intake as we know loneliness impacts on appetite and nutritional
In aged care there are 2 nutrition challenges to consider:
of loneliness on nutritional status and weight loss
In the event of a Covid 19 outbreak
either amongst staff and/or residents
The impact of loneliness on residents needs to
be closely monitored.
Weigh residents more frequently,
Where possible connect with family via phone or an app in particular at meal times,
Know your residents favourite food and offer more frequently,
Schedule more staff
at mealtimes to assist residents with their meals and
Create a food and nutrition monitoring
team to improve communication within the care and food services
to arrange a free, no obligation 15-minute aged care nutrition check!