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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

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Good on Maggie B. They should get George Calombrigand to repay his debt by supplying chefs to these homes.

This isnt new this has been a contiuation as a daily process for decades and the public dont give a toss. But we all know it will be a whitewash like the Banking Royal Commisionrelevant authorities dont care about what happens to people in these places. It costs heaps to get in or out but the person doesnt exist , they are just a means to get Federal Goverment money and be parasites living of thes poor people. Time that a complete overhaule of the system is made. Hope the Royal Commission gets to the bottom of this. Its always been no proffessional staff and cleaners are left to feed and look after the poor victims. 

my mum was in a home for many years when she first went there they had a cook and prepared the meals on-site as time went on that was replaced by meals prepared in bulk somewhere else, she was a very finicky eater and when the cook was on-premises she was well looked after afterwards though the meals looked okay they could not cater to her. 

And I won't start with staffing on the weekends it was not good.

my mum was in a home for many years when she first went there they had a cook and prepared the meals on-site as time went on that was replaced by meals prepared in bulk somewhere else, she was a very finicky eater and when the cook was on-premises she was well looked after afterwards though the meals looked okay they could not cater to her. 

And I won't start with staffing on the weekends it was not good.

…..Our research from 2017 found the average food spend in Australian aged care homes was A$6.08 per resident per day. This is the raw food cost for meals and drinks over breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

This A$6.08 is almost one-third of the average for older coupled adults living in the community (A$17.25), and less than the average in Australian prisons (A$8.25 per prisoner per day).

Over the time of the study, food spend reduced by A$0.31 per resident per day.

Meanwhile the expenditure on commercial nutrition supplements increased by A$0.50 per resident per day.

Commercial nutrition supplements may be in the form of a powder or liquid to offer additional nutrients. But they can never replace the value of a good meal and mealtime experience.

https://theconversation.com/why-is-nursing-home-food-so-bad-some-spend-just-6-08-per-person-a-day-thats-lower-than-prison-120421

 

 

 

According to a report by IBISWorld, aged care providers will make $1.7 billion in profits over the current 2018-19 financial year. However, the report also found that the big six’s “actual operating profits were much larger”, and that they paid relatively little tax.

Australia’s largest for-profit aged care provider Bupa generated almost $7.5 billion in total income in Australia in 2015-16, but paid only $105 million in tax on a taxable income of only $352 million.

“Funding from government and resident fees increased in 2017, but Bupa paid almost $3 million less to their employees and suppliers.”

It was a similar story for Opal, the second largest for-profit company with a total income of $527.2 million in 2015-16, 76 per cent of which came from government funding.

Yet Opal paid just $2.4 million in tax on a taxable income of $7.9 million.

Allity had total income of $315.6 million, 67 per cent of which came from government funding, and paid no tax in 2015-16.

Regis, Estia and Japara “appear to be using methods to reduce the amount of tax they pay while earning large profits from over $1 billion of government subsidies”, the report said.

My Opinion: Since so much government funding is allotted to these providers, the running of these organisations should be taken over by the government and made to be totally transparent.

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