Nutrition in care homes – Making a meal of it

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

Jamie Oliver, the self-appointed children’s food champion, secured acres of media coverage when he launched his attack on Turkey Twizzlers. Sadly, other celebrity chefs’ efforts to whip up a similar frenzy around food in care homes have failed to whet the media’s appetite in the same way. Highlighting the importance of high quality food, and making sure it gets eaten, is just as important for the thousands of older people living in care homes as it is for the nation’s children. Although largely positive, the Commission for Social care Inspection (CSCI) report showing that one in six care homes were failing the minimum standard for meals and mealtimes demonstrates that there is still a way to go in raising standards, but the messages for children in schools aren’t necessarily the right messages for older people in care homes. We provide freshly prepared, fresh food in all our homes, but we also recognise that mealtimes are a hugely important part of residents’ lives – and they should, above almos

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