Research into achieving dignity in care for older people in the UK has consistently found that meals and mealtimes are a major priority for people staying in a residential setting, but sadly there is so much news about the grim reality of care home food and it is a major concern for many. In most cases gastronomic meals are more likely to be served up to the judges on Master Chef than to the residents of care home, but Silk Healthcare is transforming the image of care home cooking and has raised the bar when it comes to serving food to their residents.
Finding food that everyone likes can often be a challenge, so the team at Silk Healthcare now gives residents the opportunity to share their views at Food Forums held once a month in each of their care homes. Great feedback from the residents has resulted in the menus being tailored and improved and new dishes being added. Some of the changes have included gluten free foods and specially thinned mince in sausages for easy digestion.
Andrew Ford, Catering & Hospitality Manager of Silk Healthcare said “We all know good food contributes to healthy living but Silk Healthcare has gone that extra mile to make sure residents are involved in the deciding what they eat. Our residents can expect to have excellent nutritious food but we feel it is important that tastes are catered for too. Residents don’t want to be dictated to about what they can or can’t eat, so we make a point of getting to know what people like.”
The team of cooks will be giving residents the chance to sample the new culinary delights at the Forums before any new dishes are added to the menus. The chefs will be introducing three new dishes a month all of which will be trialed first.
A chef at one of the Mapplewell Manor Care Home said “I think it’s important that older people are cared for in the same way as you would want your mum or dad to be treated, and food plays a large part in that. It’s so important to have food that looks good, tastes good and is also good for you. These forums are a great way to engage our residents and allow them the opportunity to share their views.”
A resident from Reuben Manor said “They give us lovely home cooked meals, snacks and drinks. They are always nicely presented and I enjoy it all.”
The chefs at Silk Healthcare are passionate about preparing varied wholesome and nutritional ‘home cooked style’ food. It is prepared using the freshest of ingredients and sourced locally where possible and the menus are changed regularly to keep dining varied and interesting.