Eating well in care homes for older people

This report details what the Care Commission found when it looked in detail at five areas of food and nutrition in a sample of 303 care homes for older people in Scotland during inspections in 2006 to 2007, investigated 91 complaints about eating, drinking and nutrition in 2006 to 2007, looked at the improvement notices that were served on care homes in 2008 to 2009, and worked with staff called nutrition champions to make improvements in eating, drinking and nutritional care in the care homes where they were working.

The Care Commission found that just over half (51%) of the 303 care homes met the National Care Standards in all the five areas that were looked at. Taken together, this report’s findings from inspections, complaints and enforcement action highlight areas in which everyone involved with care services for older people in Scotland can take action to improve standards of nutritional care.