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Jo Cleary
Jo Cleary Jan 17, 2019

Do you give them a scoop and expect Instagram-worthy meal presentation?

I recently finished a meals review of a residential care facility where 60% of the residents required texture modification of their meals. I am seeing the dilemma - and the opportunity - of catering to this large cohort of people on texture modified diets, in residential care and in the community. Staff at this busy facility (like many I immerse with), plate the food in the dining room. Texture modified components are brought from the kitchen in small containers, one...
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Jo Cleary

Jo Cleary

Aged Care Consultant

Jo is an Aged Care Consultant who works nationally with leading aged care providers to assist them to improve their dining experience for residents. She focuses on improving the food, safety, waste, innovative strategies, cost management and easy dining experience recommendations.

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Jo Cleary
Jo Cleary Oct 23, 2018

What would happen if you have an unannounced visit tomorrow?

We all have a vested interest in aged care.  Whether the recommendations of the Royal Commission are sound and implemented will answer the vital Four Corners question Who Cares? From 1 July 2018, residential aged care homes are no longer given notice of the date of their AACQA re-accreditation audit.  Under a crackdown by the national auditor following the Oakden scandal, unannounced audits are catching some homes out, who are failing to meet all 44 expected outcomes. When...
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Jo Cleary
Jo Cleary Mar 16, 2018

Where is Aged Care Meal Service Failing?

When spending time eating with residents while onsite reviewing a meal service at a residential facility, I am often told the food is no good here.  My job is to find the Why? Frequently the blame is pointed upstream to the Chef/Cook that they are hopeless in the kitchen, or even further back to supply – the quality is no good. What I have found is there are a number of critical points where meal quality can be let down...
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Jo Cleary
Jo Cleary Feb 14, 2018

Will Increasing the Food Budget Ensure Better Meals for Aged Care Residents?

The recent media outcry over Australian aged care residents being fed on $6.08 per resident per day has raised the issue of quality of meals in residential aged care.  This is following publication of a paper by well respected Dietitian and Founder of The Lantern Project, Dr Cherie Hugo, who is passionate about increasing the quality of food for older Australians. What do Residents get for $6.08 per day? To stay within budget, the menu offering may include continental breakfast...
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