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Care Homes

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Older People, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the nutritional quality of food in care homes.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

A number of measures and strategies are in place to manage, monitor and screen the quality in care homes.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) regulates care homes in accordance with statutory regulations and national minimum standards to ensure they provide for the needs of their residents. The Care Homes Regulations require homes to provide adequate quantities of suitable, wholesome and nutritious food for service users; and to maintain records of the food provided for service users in sufficient detail to enable inspectors to determine whether the diet is satisfactory, in relation to nutrition and otherwise.

Standard 19 of the national standards for care homes for older people sets out what care homes are expected to do to ensure residents are properly fed.

The CSCI will take swift action where it has concerns about the welfare of residents.

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