Aged Care Royal Commission
Celebrity chef Maggie Beer says it is heartbreaking to read the wide-ranging complaints about the food served in aged care homes.
Some aged care homes spend as little as $7 a day on food for each resident amid a "race to the bottom" to cut costs, a royal commission has been told.
Chef Nicholas Hall says some aged care providers and third-party caterers say they are interested in food satisfaction but are really only focused on saving money.
"They're just racing to the bottom to see who can feed for the lowest amount of cost," Mr Hall told the aged care royal commission on Tuesday.
He said one of the saddest things he saw was a resident with dementia eating old food from the previous night off trolleys left outside a facility's kitchen after food service attendants' hours were cut back.
"For an 80-bed residence when they are paying half a million dollars each to move in, they've got $40 million. And yet they're saving 50 bucks a shift and they've got $40 million of their money in the bank. It's just not right." She described a $7 daily food budget for each resident as absolutely inadequate.
"They will have to use processed food, frozen food, frozen vegetables, fish that is usually frozen and imported, not even Australian," Beer told the inquiry's Cairns hearing.
"It's just impossible.” ……https://www.sbs.com.au/news/maggie-beer-says-food-budget-of-7-day-per-aged-care-resident-is-impossible