SPC launches new nutritional food company to support aged care

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An Australian food company has created a dedicated nutritional healthcare company, SPC Care, in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

The Morrison Government raised the Basic Daily Fee for residents by $10 “to improve services including food” in the 2021 Federal Budget in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission.

“Like most Australians, we found the Commission’s findings alarming and believe the government should ensure that the resultant increase in the daily fee for residents have a mandated amount that is allocated to meals and thus better food solutions for them,” SPC Chairman Hussein Rifai said.

“We are determined to take leadership of this important issue by establishing a dedicated company focused on improving nutrition for the older population living in care facilities and at home.”

SPC Care suggests it will be a centre of excellence in science-based nutrition and is working on unlocking the nutritional elements of locally grown fruit, grains and vegetables. It is also planning to provide training and education to carers about nutrition standards, the important role of food in the well-being of older Australians, with the company registering interested carers in care facilities or at home for the training and education.