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Updated food guidance for Welsh care homes

The Welsh Government has updated its care home nutrition guidance, Food and nutrition in care homes for older people: standards, guidelines and menu planning

The guidance now features additional sections covering:

  • Drinking well using ‘food first’ approaches
  • Eating and drinking well with mental health conditions
  • Eating and drinking well using texture modified diets and IDDSI

Main sections within the guide include:

  • Food and Nutrients, balancing requirements, the Eatwell Guide
  • Menu planning
  • Food groups and food standards
  • Meal planning and standards
  • Catering for a resident who is vegetarian
  • More information on specific nutrients and their importance for older people
  • Food labelling and buying healthier products
  • Sustainable food in care home settings
  • Food Service – best practice
  • Catering for the range of needs and special dietary requirements


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