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Food Safety in Aged Care – Returning Food To The Kitchen

Is it OK to return unused food from a meal service back to the kitchen for use in other dishes, such as puree or making soup? The short answer is no. When we produce food for residents in aged care we must be aware of the safety of the food and what the business can do to ensure the food is as safe as possible, remember the most important thing is that the food must be safe and the business must do all it can to ensure that the food served to residents is always safe. 

Nausea – What Can We Do on the Food Front?

It can be quite frightening when you are faced with a resident who has stopped eating or who is eating very little. One of the most difficult things to address is nausea. Nausea may be a result of an illness, the pain of an accident or surgery, a side effect of a medication or treatment or it may be caused by anxiety. Doctors may prescribe an anti-nausea medication but what can be done on the food front?  

Sorting Out the Supplements - Which Supplement and for Who?

One of the most important things to remember is that a nutritional supplement is that – an extra product to supplement the diet. Ideally it should be adding nutrients to meals rather than replacing meals. The term ‘supplement’ is also used to describe added vitamins and minerals, but I am focusing on those that are mainly used to treat weight loss and to assist in healing and recovery.