The headline said it all: Prisoners fed better than Aussies in aged care homes.
Shocking new data unveiled earlier this year showed Australian aged care facilities spent an average of just $6.08 per resident to provide three meals a day, down by 30 cents per resident per day over the previous year.
By comparison, prisons spent an average of $8.25 per prisoner per day on food and aged care facilities overseas were increasing their spending on food for residents.
Other Australians spend $17.25-$23.60 per person each day on food. It’s no wonder half of our nation’s 64,256 residents in aged care facilities suffer from malnutrition.
Malnutrition is associated with a cascade of adverse outcomes, including increased risk of falls, pressure injuries and hospital admissions. Inevitably, malnutrition leads to poorer resident quality of life and increased healthcare costs.
Have you or a loved one noticed the decline in the amount and/or quality of food or fluids being served in your aged care facility? How long has any decline been evident? Are supplements and/or food replacements being used instead of real food? Are you – or a family member or friend – routinely bringing food to someone in an aged care facility?