Residents from a Solihull care home enjoyed a special meal as part of a national celebration of “good-quality nutrition for older people”.
The friends from Lyndon Croft, in Ulleries Road, dined at a ‘pop-up’ lunch club at the National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, courtesy of the home’s owners PrimeLife.
The tasty lunch was staged during National Community Meals Week, which was organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and ran from November 10 to 14.
The meal took place on the Wednesday, coinciding with a road relay which saw a fleet of community meals delivery vehicles travel the length and breadth of Britain.
Vicki Shaw, Quality Matters Manager at PrimeLife, who joined the residents, said: “We have backed this initiative because as a provider of high-quality care we are also passionate about good-quality nutrition for older people.
“Making sure older people have nutritious food and drinks is fundamental to good-quality care. A healthy diet has untold benefits, including helping to prevent long-term conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. That’s why our menus are always full of healthy and nutritious food.”
The company takes pride in the quality of the food served by its homes and being leaders in this area. PrimeLife’s Sam Wicks, who is the resident chef at the Peaker Park Care Village, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, was a finalist in the national final of the Care Cook of the Year 2014, also organised by the NACC, and prepared the tasty lunch enjoyed on the day.
As well as the gastronomic offerings, the Lyndon Croft residents toured the museum. NACC representative Roger Kellow also attended.
Neel Radia, chair of NACC, said: “National Community Meals Week and the ongoing campaign is fundamentally about helping older people and presents a fantastic opportunity for care providers, businesses and communities to do something for the older people of today and tomorrow.
“The week coincided with the onset of the colder, darker months when older people, especially those living alone, are at their most vulnerable and in need of regular contact, support, warmth and nourishment. Only by ensuring that everyone understands the unique and highly beneficial role the community meals service plays in society, supporting our most vulnerable, will we be able to protect its future.”
Lyndon Croft is a purpose-built, 53-bedroom care home specialising in dementia.