Mar 23, 2022
Three Suffolk care homes are serving up advice to support older people in the community this month.
To mark National Nutrition Month, Care UK’s Glastonbury Court, Davers Court and Mildenhall Lodge are sharing top tips from their 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 the home’s 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 Glastonbury Court, Davers Court and Mildenhall Lodge’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.”
Noby Chelathadthil-Jacob, Home Manager at Glastonbury Court, 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.
You can also contact Customer Relations Manager, Chantal Sencier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a physical copy.
Care UK offer a resident centred approach to nutrition and hydration. The team discuss with the residents their likes and dislikes and create mouth-watering 3-week menus for the homes. All of Care UK’s homes have a bespoke menu created by their chefs following a nutrition food framework. The team use the mindset of food is medicine and by using fresh produce they can create delicious dishes that are nutritional well balanced and packed with flavour and key minerals and vitamins.
Davers Court, Mildenhall Lodge and Glastonbury Court are modern care homes which provide full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care homes have their very own cafés and hair salons, and there is plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation.
To find out more about Care UK’s homes in Suffolk, visit careuk.com/care-homes/suffolk.
Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2EX
Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BN
St John’s Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7NX
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