Mar 15, 2022
An Orpington care home is serving up advice to support older people in the community this month.
To mark National Nutrition Month, Care UK’s Foxbridge House, on Sevenoaks Road, is sharing top tips from its free ‘Eating as We Age’ guide, which is packed with practical advice for keeping healthy and even includes nutritious recipes.
The guide covers every aspect of healthy eating, from why older people are more likely to see a decline in appetite, to how to create meals for people who may have lost the triggers that tell us we’re hungry.
Including special recipes that residents at Foxbridge House enjoy on a regular basis, from lime and coriander fishcakes, beef stew and dumplings to parsnip and ginger cake – the guide features nutritionally balanced meals with something for everyone to enjoy.
As well as food, the guide also offers information on why people’s appetites change and shares advice for those living with dementia. Where possible, eating should be sociable, fun and stimulating. Here are Foxbridge House’s top tips for supporting older people to dine with dignity:
Care UK’s Head of Hospitality and Culinary Lead, James Clear, who helped design the guide, said: “Each team member who works in our homes has a responsibility to ensure that the people who live there are well nourished. Every interaction helps, whether it's a maintenance worker sitting down with a resident for a mid-morning tea or a carer suggesting someone eats a piece of fruit as a snack. With all that in mind, we wanted to ensure our expertise could be shared to help those in the community caring for older loved ones, and I believe this guide achieves exactly that.”
Stella Barnes, Home Manager at Foxbridge House, added: “Nutrition is incredibly important for overall health and wellbeing, especially for older people, so we’re pleased to share our tips and advice for keeping nourished throughout National Nutrition Month and beyond.
“It can be tricky for those caring for a loved one to ensure they eat plenty of nutritious meals and snacks, but our guide is packed with recipes and practical tips to help, including keeping as simple as possible, with fewer choices mealtimes, and having a chat over a cuppa or dinner to encourage loved ones to remain engaged and eat more.
“We’d like to encourage local people to download their own copy of the guide and to reach out to us if they need any further support.”
In addition to enjoying nutritious meals and snacks, Care UK home teams and residents across the country have been enjoying ‘getting physical’ for the new year, trying out new, fun forms of exercise to kick off the new year.
To download your free copy of the guide, click here.
With warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, Care UK also has a handy guide to help everyone keep hydrated – you can download a copy here.
Foxbridge House has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.
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