The Care Quality Commission‘s second Dignity and Nutrition report concerning care homes has been published alongside that for NHS hospitals. The CQC inspected 500 care homes, including 422 homes providing dementia care. It found that 84% of care homes respected people’s privacy and dignity, and 83% met resident’s nutritional needs.
This indicates that staff are generally aware of people’s likes and dislikes and ensure people with dementia are given support to choose and eat their food / drink.
This report mentions that there were occasions when inspectors witnessed people not being given help to eat and drink or not receiving personal care which respected their privacy.
Care Quality Commission (2013). Time to listen in care homes: dignity and nutrition inspection programme 2012. London: Care Quality Commission (CQC), March 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].