'Two dead frankfurts and a blob of sauce': The serendipity of receiving nutrition and hydration in Australian residential aged care

Maree Bernoth, Jennie Dietsch, Carmel Davies

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Abstract

Background: This paper explores the serendipity of residents accessing adequate food and fluids in aged care facilities. It draws on the findings of two discrete but interrelated research projects conducted in 2009 and 2011 relating to the experience of living in, or having a friend or family member living in, residential aged care.
Methods: Participants were recruited through media outlets. In depth interviews with participants were audio taped, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed.
Findings: This paper discusses a theme that was iterated by participants in both projects that is,the difficulty residents in aged care facilities experienced in receiving adequate and acceptable food and fluids. Unacceptable dining room experiences, poor quality food and excessive food hygiene regulations contributed to iatrogenic malnutrition and dehydration. Implications for staffing, clinical supervision, education of carers and the impact of negative attitudes to older people are discussed.Conclusion: The inability of dependent residents in aged care facilities to receive adequate nourishment and hydration impacts on their health and their rights as a resident, and is an on going issue in Australian residential aged care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalCollegian
Volume21
Issue number3
Early online date2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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    Understanding the experiences of older people to improve their care

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