Leith: stop ‘bullying’ older people into healthy eating

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith says too many care homes “bully” their elderly residents into healthy eating. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the charity Counsel and Care in June, Ms Leith said residents should be allowed to eat more or less what they wished and should be offered wine with their meals. “A glass or two helps digestion and makes people feel better,” Ms Leith said. “Too many homes afford no such simple facilities. Why are we so cruel in removing such pleasures just because people need care in a home?” Ms Leith said care home cooks should be part of the caring team. “Working in a care home kitchen doesn’t hold a lot of interest for career chefs,” she said. “We need to have a sort of mixing together of caterers and carers because eating is one of the few pleasures left to many elderly people and we should be making extra efforts to help them enjoy their food.”

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