Beat the heat – local care helps Shinfield community to stay hydrated

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A Shinfield care home is serving up advice to support older people in the community this summer.

With the warmer weather set to return imminently, Care UK’s Parsons Grange, on Westall Street, is sharing its top tips from its free ‘Nutrition and Hydration’ booklet, packed with nutritious recipes to try and practical advice to stay hydrated.Beat the heat – local care helps Shinfield community to stay hydrated

Written by Care UK’s highly-qualified catering team, the booklet covers every aspect of hydration, from why older people are more likely to suffer from dehydration, to how to create drinks for people who may have lost the triggers that tell us we’re thirsty. It also includes special recipes that residents at Parsons Grange enjoy on a regular basis, from garnished flavoured waters and mocktails, to strawberry iced tea and fruit puree drinks – perfect for the summer season.

As well as drinks, the booklet also offers information about good food sources for hydration, such as watermelon, lettuce or tomato. The booklet has been sent to all Care UK’s homes and a special version has been made available for local people to download free of charge.

Care UK’s Hotel Services Manager, James Clear, who helped design the booklet, said: “Every single person working in our homes has a role to play in ensuring that residents living there are properly hydrated. From a maintenance person sitting down with a resident for a mid-morning cuppa to a carer encouraging people to have a piece of fruit as a snack, every interaction helps. With this in mind, I wanted to make sure that our teams have accurate, easy to access information to brush up their knowledge and I think this booklet does just that.”

Anthony Browne, Home Manager at Parsons Grange, added: “As summer gets under way, staying hydrated is incredibly important for overall health and wellbeing, especially for older people. We are pleased to share our tips and advice for staying hydrated throughout the summer months and beyond.

“We can often forget how important it is to drink more when the weather warms up, but our guide is packed with recipes and practical tips to help all ages of the local community, including focusing on the presentation of the drinks for those all-important garden parties.

“We’d like to encourage local people to download the guide and to reach out to us if they need any further support.”

As well as the publication of the booklet, Care UK home teams and residents across the country are also being invited to enjoy the sunny weather and throw a garden party – accompanied by delicious food and drink lovingly prepared by their chefs.

To download your free copy of the guide, click here.  

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, Parsons Grange care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the building has been configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help encourage the creation of close-knit communities.

For more information on Parsons Grange, please call Customer Relations Manager, Claire Usher, on 0118 391 3294 or email

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Westall Street, Shinfield - Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9AU

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