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Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Online from: 1971

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Catering for older people in residential care homes

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Title:Catering for older people in residential care homes
Author(s):Susannah Read, (Department of Consumer Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK), Denise Worsfold, (Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK)
Citation:Susannah Read, Denise Worsfold, (1998) "Catering for older people in residential care homes", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 98 Iss: 1, pp.30 - 37
Keywords:Catering, Diet, Nutrition, Older people
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00346659810196291 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:A nutritional analysis of the weekly menus from 24 residential homes was conducted and information gathered by questionnaire on the planning, preparation and service of meals. The nutritional standard of the menus complied with many of the nutritional guidelines in the Caroline Walker Trust (CWT) Report (1995). Meals, if eaten, would provide sufficient energy and nutrients to meet most of the dietary needs of the elderly residents. However, the menus provided an inadequate amount of starch, fibre and Vitamin D and a higher than recommended level of sugar and salt. Menus complied with the recommendations in the CWT Report, with familiar traditional home cooked dishes, a variety of vegetables, different main course items and a selection of puddings. Adequate drinks and snacks were provided between formal meals. However, for many residents there was no choice at meals, meals were pre-plated and there was a lack of variety with weekly repeated meals.

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