In addition to the basic enjoyment of eating quality, nutritious food, taste is a very powerful sense which has the ability to trigger memories of life experiences, stimulate happiness and comfort, all of which are pertinent in people afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The daily menus are created in response to the tastes and preferences of individual residents, who all receive an in-depth analysis from the hospitality team before moving in to Chelsea Court Place. Their nutritional needs are evaluated in detail as well as gastronomical preferences, favourites and comforts, including the meal they had on their wedding day. This information enables the team to curate bespoke dishes for each individual and to ensure optimal nutrition is maintained and meal times are enjoyed.
Improvements in appetite and health have been observed in residents at Chelsea Court Place since they began residing in November 2016. People who previously ate very little upon moving in, or relied upon soft foods and shakes, are eating whole foods again and celebrating meal times, which are a happy and social occasion.
Lunch is served as the main meal of the day and members can make their selection from the menu given to them each morning, choosing from 3 starters, 3 mains 3 desserts and a cheese board.
Aperitifs are extremely popular and are offered at 5pm, with day club members and residents enjoying a glass of wine or a G&T prior to their light evening meal.
Chelsea Court Place source the freshest of produce from local suppliers, all grown organically in the UK, including the herbs which are foraged by Executive Chef Matt Dodge. All meals are accompanied with vegetables and salad to optimise nutrition and the café is open 24 hours a day, serving fresh coffees, teas, fruit and snacks.
In a time where many care homes and hospitals are being scrutinised and penalised for poor food quality, variety and hygiene, Chelsea Court Place is striving to achieve excellence in culinary enjoyment for its daily diners.
Executive Chef Matt Dodge comments, ‘We consider our residents to be part of our family and really take the time to get to know the individual and aspects of their lives which helps us to create exciting meals that are as much of a joy for us to serve as well as they are to eat. Our team at Chelsea Court Place are thoroughly enjoying creating food that is celebrated by the residents.’
General Manager Christine Valentine-Bunce adds, ‘We are dedicated in delivering the very best personal care that truly makes a difference to residents and their families and love nothing more than seeing happiness generated through the meals. As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progress, nutrition becomes more complex but also vital to the individual, so it’s imperative that residents have strong bonds and relationships with the hospitality team and satisfaction from the food that is served.’