Blandford Grange care home in Blandford Forum has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its catering excellence, as part of an innovation ‘Care Dine with Me’ competition.
The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes group, provides residential and nursing care for up to 63 people, many of whom live with dementia. Staff at the home pride themselves on the high quality care and support they provide to residents and a big part of this is the food served at the home, which has now been recognised by judges of the Care Dine With Me contest.
The national competition searches for care homes that best recognise the importance of food when it comes to the residents’ quality of life.
Care providers were invited to submit entries, detailing a key dish served at the home, and why it is representative of the home’s ethos. They had to detail why it is unique, what the inspiration behind it is and give information on its nutritional benefits.
Blandford Grange’s Head Chef Sharon Cork put forward one of the home’s most popular dishes on the current menu – a creamy chicken, bacon and potato bake. Sharon chose the dish because of its nutritional benefits for residents, being full of flavour and high in protein with a high calorific content. It’s also easily adaptable for a range of dietary requirements and can be used for a pureed diet. One resident called it “the best meal he’s ever had.”
Having been announced as a finalist, Sharon was invited to the Orchard Hotel in Nottingham on Wednesday 3rd October to present the home’s ‘whole food, whole care’ approach to judges. The winner will be announced next week and will received £5,000 to spend on the home.
Sharon said, “I am so proud to have had the home recognised in this way. Blandford Grange really is a home from home for our residents and one of the ways that we achieve this is through the provision of wonderful, home-cooked food.
“We talk to our residents to gather their input on the menus they would like, we run lots of activities based around food such as cheese and wine evenings, and we make everything from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients.
“It’s been a pleasure to proudly talk about our love of food at the home and to explain how we integrate this into our overall care provision.”