Nursing homes

These days, all we hear on a regular basis are news about how Australians and everyone else are getting fatter, with obesity and related health issues all dominating our news. So, to me, it is really sad to hear about people living in nursing homes who are malnourished, constantly being underfed.

I doubt if we will ever hear the complete truth. The operator Kirralee Residential Aged Care alleged that they failed only 33 out of 44 basic standards due to poor documentation and not due to poor care. Looking at their website, I quote

Our onsite cook prepares fresh, delicious and nutritious meals daily. A seasonal menu is provided with also caters for any special dietary requirements.

Still doesn’t explain how or why some residents are considered dangerously underweight, a couple weighing less than 25 kg. The food must be quite inedible if residents are not eating it, despite being hungry.

Where are all the Gordon Ramsays in Victoria to give the onsite cook some tongue lashings?

News Link
Herald Sun “Ballarat nursing home faces charges for malnourishment

1 Comment so far

  1. andrew on July 30th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    Old people often have a very poor appetite and have to be very actively encouraged to eat and drink. I would suggest that the food may or may not have been adequate, but the active encouragement to eat and the monitoring of food intake and weight was poor. A proper report will be an interesting read.

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