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Suffolk care homes publish guide to eating well in older age

March 15th 2016

PDF icongold-care-matters-web.pdfCare UK’s care homes in Suffolk are providing support for older people with the publication of Eating as we age, a free guide packed with advice on eating well and staying hydrated in older age.

Eating as we age is an easy-to-follow guide designed to help anyone who experiences problems with eating or drinking, as well as those caring for an older friend or relative. With the expertise of Care UK’s chefs and the experiences of its care professionals, the guide answers common questions and concerns about health and wellbeing in older age, with plenty of practical tips for nutrition, hydration and dining with dignity alongside recipe inspiration and advice on specific dietary issues.

According to a survey of 1,000 people with parents over 70, which was recently carried out nationally by Care UK, 40 per cent of respondents from East Anglia said they have not seen their loved ones eat a full meal prepared by themselves over the last six months. 

The survey also revealed 56 per cent of older people in East Anglia skip at least one of their three daily meals, while 43 per cent of respondents in the region have noticed their mum or dad eating smaller portions than everyone else.

Sue Hill, home manager at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham, said: “With over 7,000 people living in Care UK care homes across the UK, day-in, day-out we see the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet, with old age and illness often putting a strain on the body. We also understand how tough it can be for family carers to see their loved ones’ appetites diminish, particularly for those living with dementia.

“We have collated a family-friendly guide which is full of tried-and-tested tips as well as nutritious recipe ideas, which we hope will make a real difference to family carers and their older loved ones.”

According to the findings of Care UK’s survey, 56 per cent of older people in East Anglia find it difficult to prepare meals, compared with 34 per cent nationally. Almost 30 per cent of people in East Anglia said their older loved one needed regular support to prepare and cook dinner.

Sue Hill continued: “Eating as we age also has a chapter dedicated to ‘dining with dignity’, as its just as important to support older people to continue enjoying the social experience of dining. A good mealtime experience can encourage people to eat more and have a hugely positive impact on their overall wellbeing.

“To pick up your free copy of Eating as we age, pop-in to Mills Meadow or any of Care UK’s Suffolk care homes, or download the guide at careuk.com/eat.  Our doors are always open, and our trained chefs are on hand to talk to people about how they cater for the changing needs and tastes of older people.” 

For more information about Care UK’s 10 Suffolk care homes please call 0333 321 0956 or visit careuk.com/suffolk.

Eating as we age is the latest in a series of advice guides for family carers from Care UK. For information on other available guides, please go to careuk.com.

The Hartismere Club offers a supportive and personalised day club for older people living in Eye and the surrounding area. 

The Hartismere Club
Castleton Way
Eye
Suffolk
IP23 7DD

0333 321 1988

Our brand new day club in Framlingham opened in September offering a superb change of scene for members, and some time off for their carers. Members are able to make full use of the cinema, coffee shop and hair salon in the new luxury care home next door, so make a date for your loved one’s free taster session today.

The Mills Meadow Club
Fore Street
Framlingham
Suffolk
IP13 9DG

0333 321 1983

  • Day care
  • Dementia care

The team at Britten Court pride themselves on making residents feel cared for, arranging romantic dinners for them, as well as fancy dress parties and even trips to the theatre. We understand that everyone likes to have something to look forward to. We’re always open to residents’ ideas for new activities too.

Britten Court
Love Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 2NY

0150 255 9611

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

Everything about our Stowmarket care home is designed to support the health, comfort and wellbeing of residents. As well as providing a wide range of high quality care services, each of the home’s 70 bedrooms has en-suite facilities and we even have downstairs rooms that open on to our lovely secure gardens.

Cedrus House
Bittern Crescent
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5XG (For sat nav please use IP14 5GD)

0333 321 1987

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

There’s a great atmosphere at Cleves Place, helped by our enthusiastic team and keen residents. We take every opportunity to have fun, whether at our own (indoor) street party to commemorate VE Day, or dreaming up unusual sandwich fillings and getting competitive during National Sandwich Week.

Cleves Place
Millfields Way
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 0JB

0144 085 7920

Our skilled care teams deliver a range of round-the-clock care services, all matched to each resident’s needs. Everything about the home is designed with residents’ comfort in mind and a range of daily activities and regular events ensures that there’s always something to look forward to.

Davers Court
Shakers Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BN

0333 321 1982

  • Dementia care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

Our 80-bed care home specialises in supporting people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Keeping active is the key to staying independent, so we support residents to take part in a range of activities and even have their own small role in the home if that appeals to them – like laying the table for dinner.

Glastonbury Court
Glastonbury Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 2EX

0333 321 1989

  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care

Hartismere Place is a brand new, purpose-built care home in Eye – an ancient market town in North Suffolk. Everything about the 60-bed home has been designed to support your loved one to continue to enjoy a fulfilling, varied and comfortable lifestyle.

Hartismere Place
Castleton Way
Eye
Suffolk
IP23 7DD

0333 321 1988

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

We believe in supporting families, whether they have loved ones living with us at Mildenhall Lodge, or they’re caring for them at home in the community. We run a number of events that local people can come along to for extra help, and we’ve also set up a Carers’ Support Group that meets regularly.

Mildenhall Lodge
St John’s Close
Mildenhall
Suffolk
IP28 7NX

0163 877 8504

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care

Our new purpose-built care home in the ancient market town of Framlingham is now open. The team in our bright and spacious home plan exciting activities and outings, and residents are welcome to play their part in home life in whatever way they wish, including helping in our lovely gardens.

Mills Meadow
Fore Street
Framlingham
Suffolk
IP13 9DF

0333 321 1983

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

Our care home team will get to know your loved one to find out everything we can about their life, interests and even the food they enjoy so that we can deliver quality care that’s personalised to their needs. Family members and friends can visit at any time, and we’re always on hand to provide advice and support when you need us.

Prince George House
102 Mansbrook Boulevard
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP3 9GY

0147 385 5690

  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Residential dementia care
  • Respite care
  • Day care

Members of the Cedrus Club day care centre love celebrating annual events in style. Members made their favourite sandwiches to take home for National Sandwich Week and crafted a flower mural during the week of Chelsea Flower Show. And when they’re not getting their hands dirty in the garden they’re hosting their own events.

The Cedrus Club
Bittern Crescent
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5XG (For sat nav please use IP14 5GD)

0333 321 1987

  • Day care
  • Dementia care

The Cleves Club day care centre is a real lifeline for members. They can catch up regularly with friends, have a hearty meal and do activities that they enjoy. Meanwhile their family carers have the time and the freedom to do whatever they need to do, knowing that their loved one is in safe hands and is having fun.

The Cleves Club
Millfield Way
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 0JB

0333 321 1985

  • Dementia care
  • Day care

Every day at the Davers Club day care centre starts with a group coffee morning when our team and club members get together to share what they’ve been up to. Then club members are welcome to do what they fancy, playing Scrabble, having a sing-song or helping in the garden. Themed activities around annual events and days are always popular too, and a lovely chance to reminisce.

The Davers Club
Shakers Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BN

0333 321 1982

  • Day care
  • Dementia care

Our day care centre members enjoy getting together for activities: bingo, gardening, music and competitive games are popular. Many members of the Prince George Club are living with dementia, so we chat about their early lives. But we also like to enjoy the here and now, with outings and visits from entertainers and local school groups.

The Prince George Club
102 Mansbrook Boulevard
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP3 9GY

0333 321 1986

  • Day care
  • Dementia care