The ABC asked people involved with the aged care industry to write to them about what is right and wrong about the current system. They received four thousand responses – with many indicating food was their biggest worry.
From photos, it’s easy to see why.
— 4corners (@4corners) September 17, 2018
As you sit down to dinner before watching part one of our @4corners collaborative investigation into #agedcare in Australia tonight, ask yourself: Would you eat this? #AgedCareRC #Royalcommission #4Corners pic.twitter.com/LE0yamOIT7
— ???? Flip Prior ???? (@FlipPrior) September 17, 2018
The ABC report in a Melbourne facility, dinner was a chunk of store-bought garlic bread, a hotdog and tomato sauce.
In a Perth home, residents get party pies – yeah, the ones you have at kids birthday parties.
And even those are better than the ‘texture-modified’ meals – these are just blobs of food, pureed or minced for residents who have trouble swallowing.
Aged care worker Nicole* described one ‘minced moist’ meal as “truly disgusting”.
She told ABC her stomach had toughened up since working in aged care.
“I once saw a sign in the kitchen saying ‘essence of chicken’ in a big bucket … it is a disgrace. Ads showing ‘nutritionally balanced’ food are blatant lies.”