Understanding food in aged care facilities: Findings from a case study  

Petersen, M., Wilson, J., Wright, O. and Capra, S. (2010). Understanding food in aged care facilities: Findings from a case study  . In: Australasian Journal on Ageing: Abstracts of the 43rd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. 43rd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Islands of Ageing: Building Bridges for people, policy and practice, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (32-32). 17-19 November 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00481.x

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Author Petersen, M.
Wilson, J.
Wright, O.
Capra, S.
Title of paper Understanding food in aged care facilities: Findings from a case study  
Conference name 43rd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Islands of Ageing: Building Bridges for people, policy and practice
Conference location Hobart, TAS, Australia
Conference dates 17-19 November 2010
Proceedings title Australasian Journal on Ageing: Abstracts of the 43rd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00481.x
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Volume 29
Issue Supp. 2
Start page 32
End page 32
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Despite considerable attention over many decades in ageing research to the quality of life of older people living in residential care there has been limited attention to the social systems around food, nutrition and mealtimes within care facilities. It is well recognised that many older people living in care facilities experience poor food intake; indeed malnutrition is reported to be between 32 and 72 per cent. The level of frailty associated with the end stages of life is a contributing non-modifi able factor. Attention has been directed to improving the modifi able factors associated with nutrition but the persistence of these startling statistics reinforces the need for a social systems approach for understanding food and eating in care facilities. This necessitates understanding the interaction of personal, social, cultural, behavioural, and fi nancial factors with food systems and ultimately their impact on nutrition.

This paper presents a case study drawn from a large study researching food systems within Australian residential care facilities. Based on the analysis of data drawn from observations of mealtimes, interviews with staff, residents and families, as well as the tracking of resident’s eating patterns a number of themes emerged including: differences between family and the facilities views of good nutrition, the contrast between a command control structure and a consultative approach, choice and freedom around food versus risk, and differing views on how a meal is constructed. The fi ndings from this case study demonstrate a complex interplay of factors that exist within an underfunded environment. All need to be addressed holistically if nutrition amongst older people can be clearly understood and indeed addressed.
© 2010 The Authors Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2010 ACOTA
Subjects 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Q-Index Code CX
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published November 2010. Presented during Concurrent Session 8D: "Nutrition".

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