Food Is Medicine
“It is estimated that of those living in residential aged care facilities (RACFS), between 22 and 50% of residents are malnourished.”1
Food is medicine. And if food is medicine, then foodservice is medicine too.
It’s an age-old concept—the idea food is medicine crosses cultures and time—it connects all of us at the most basic level. In 400 BCE, Hippocrates says ‘let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.’
Malnutrition in aged care
Malnutrition is a result of poor dietary intake and is directly correlated with an increased risk of falls, pressure injuries, increased hospital admissions and mortality in residents. Malnutrition screening, nutrition assessment and dietetic intervention, menu development, food and mealtime experience and feeding assistance are some of the areas of resident nutrition care that need to be addressed.
Delivering food as medicine in aged care
Residents are with us during times of vulnerability. Times when their bodies require the healing power of nutritious food. However, is nutritious food the most convenient? Is making something freshly prepared from scratch the most convenient method?
How about when feeding thousands of residents every day? How about making sure they receive, consume, and thrive from that meal? The answers are of course, no, it is not the easiest nor most convenient choice.
Freshly prepared meals made with high-quality ingredients is expected.
Technology to deliver fresh to order
Technology delivers high quality, accessible and safe care. To address the issue of food and nutrition in aged care as one of four ‘areas for immediate attention’ identified in the Royal Commission’s final report, leveraging technology will be critical.
With CBORD systems and technology, aged care facilities can maximise the interaction between hospitality staff and residents to deliver personalised care.
The software provides integrated workflow tools to support malnutrition screening, assessment and intervention, the safe management of diets and allergies, as well as menu development and dietary intake tracking solutions. Most importantly, tools to engage residents to choose the food they want when they want it. It’s their medicine of choice.
This is what CBORD delivers. Systems, technology, engaged residents. We achieve this for leading Australian hospitals and forward-thinking residential care providers every day. In light of the Royal Commission’s findings on malnutrition this is the time for you to ensure your residents enjoy their meals and mealtime experience.
Please contact us today to learn more.
1Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/aged-care-facility-food-allowances-cutting-corners#