Quality Measure 4: Food & Nutrition
Ensuring residents are served meals that meet their physical and nutritional needs and that facilities follow food storage, safety and cleanliness guidelines and maintain an adequate food supply.
Facilities are required to provide three nutritionally, well-balanced meals and snacks daily, including low salt or other diets deemed medically necessary. State inspection data shows a majority of San Diego facilities are meeting regulatory food and safety requirements, with less than 4% of citations issued to San Diego facilities for deficiencies in 87555, General Food Service Requirements since 2013. But a large number of these food and nutrition related citations (70%) were issued to smaller facilities (1-6 beds). That’s not to imply that delicious, high quality meals are not being served in these more homelike environments! But since 82% of Choose Well Members are small facilities, we wanted to feature an article to help all facilities spice things up.