One in three nursing homes still spend less than $10 a day per resident on food despite being given an extra $10 a day by the government to improve the standard of meals. A government audit of 2,600 residential aged-care facilities’ spending on food and ingredients for the last six months of 2021 shows average daily food spend per resident is about $12.35. 67% of residential services in the past six months reported an average daily spend on food and ingredients of more than $10 per day. The audit concluded that 2% of nursing homes are still spending an average of less than $6 per day. The aged care services minister said the sector’s performance ‘isn’t good enough’. All providers spending less than $10 per resident per day on food would be referred to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to consider regulatory action.
Australia: feeding the elderlyWritten by David Fletcher 21 Apr 2022
- Pray: for providers to ensure the best health and wellbeing of residents, and for their government funding to be used wisely and correctly. (Psalm 37:25)
- More: ausprayernet.org.au/residential-aged-care-skimps-on-food-audit-finds/