Care And Nursing Homes

When looking for a care or nursing home for yourself or for other people with food allergies, there are questions you are going to need to ask, here is a list of something you may consider asking and some things to think of.

  1.  What it the homes policy of resident’s family and friends bring the allergen into the home?
  2. Staff washing hands policy when caring and entering room.
  3. Will meals be cooked separately? e.g., when cheese is cooked it becomes airborne and contaminate food.
  4. What is the cross-contamination policy?
  5. Where will the adrenaline auto-injectors be kept?
  6. Will the staff wear fresh disposable apron upon entering room?
  7. Are the staff and kitchen trained in allergens, symptoms, and treatment?
  8. Does the establishment provide 14 allergens information? They have a responsibility like any other catering business to do so. Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU/FIR1169/2011)
  9. Does kitchen know about hidden allergens? E.g., curry sauces – milk
  10. Can you see the car record once filled out?
  11. Do they encourage yours or your family input?
  12. If the person may lack the capacity to understand information or make choices, then the staff must comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  13. Can you have food in your room?
  14. Can you make your own drinks?
  15. What is the complaints procedure, if required? Is the manager accessible?

Allergen guidance for institutional caterers Food Standards Agency

https://www.food.gov.uk/print/pdf/node/169

SAFER FOOD BETTER BUSINESS FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES SUPPLEMENT Food Standards Agency

SAFE METHOD: FOOD ALLERGIES Food Standards Agency

Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU/FIR1169/2011) European Commission

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32011R1169

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Gov UK

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/contents

Regulations for service providers and managers Care Quality Commission

https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/regulations-enforcement/regulations-service-providers-managers

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 Gov UK

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2014/9780111117613/contents

Care Quality Commission

https://www.cqc.org.uk/

The Care Advice Line

https://www.thecareadviceline.org/

Age UK

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

Age NI

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland/

Age Wales

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/

Age Scotland

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

Care Sourcer

https://www.caresourcer.com/aboutus/

Care Inspectorate Wales

https://careinspectorate.wales/

These lists are guidance only, and not fully extensive, people are advised that it is the responsibility of the individual when using this information.

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