A review of aged care food budgets nationally and internationally - false economy and missed opportunities

Funding cuts to the aged care industry impact catering budgets, aged care staffing levels and can have a flow-on effect for the nutritional status of aged care residents. Current research shows more than one in two Australian aged care residents is malnourished, aged care food budgets have reduced in the last year and the spend on nutritional supplements has increased. This presentation summarises the current data on Australian food spends in the community and aged care setting, compares national with international aged care figures and connects the dots around the costly problem of malnutrition. The presentation will share innovations that have evolved through The Lantern Project Australia collaboration activities and research associated with the project to offer cost savings to the aged care industry, support, strengthen aged care staff and improve quality of life of aged care residents – a win win win for all involved.

Cherie Hugo

The Lantern Project Australia - Founder, My Nutrition Clinic - Director, Bond University - PhD Schol

Cherie is director of MyNutritionClinic.com consulting to aged care, hospital and communit since 1999. In 2013, Cherie founded TheLanternProject.com.au, which is a national collaboration of over 500 industry stakeholders with the shared vision to bring back the joy of good food in aged care. Cherie completes her PhD this month through Bond University which has focused on quantifying the economic value of good food in aged care. Her 3 digital presentations and 1 oral presention at this year's LASA conference shares some of the learnings of The Lantern Project research and collaboration.