Aged Care Balancing resident lifestyles and food safety

Should we accept food brought from home?

It is appropriate for homes to take a risk management approach to this issue.
Management of this issue will depend on a variety of considerations, for example the extent to which food is being brought in by visitors, information available to residents and visitors about food safety issues for vulnerable populations, whether the food is being consumed by one resident or multiple residents, whether there are processes for ensuring the food can be appropriately stored,
labelled and disposed of when necessary.
Homes should also be aware of their obligations under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, in particular in relation to Food Safety Programs required for vulnerable people such as their residents.
However, those obligations should not be taken to be an impediment. They should only be seen as something to be accounted for in the home’s processing of food for the residents in order to ensure the residents’ ongoing safety while satisfying the requirements of residents’ lifestyles.

When all else fails,
accept graciously and dispose of discreetly.

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