Care home operator Avery Healthcare believes it may have achieved a sector first for a larger care provider by attaining a five-star rating from
environmental health officers for food standards in all of its more than 50 care facilities and senior living locations throughout the country.
Based purely on unannounced visits, a five star award from environmental health is the highest level achievable.
Avery says it has invested greatly in recent years with high quality commercial kitchens and recruiting well-qualified professional staff who they have continued to support and train further.
Group culinary manager for Avery, Simon Lawrence said a first-class hygiene and food safety culture had been developed alongside the quest for higher quality dining for the care sector.
“Avery chefs have also individually won awards for their expertise and dining development for the sector over the last few years, and are enthusiastic to … Read More »
Caring Times, January 2017
The number of councils providing meals on wheels to vulnerable older people has dropped below 50% for the first time.
Research for the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) shows that just 48% of authorities provide a service compared with 66% only two years ago.
The NACC says under-investment is putting elderly people at risk and will place unnecessary pressure on the NHS because meals services help prevent hospital admissions and extend the time residents can live at home.
NICE (the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) has previously identified better nutritional care as the third largest source of cost savings to the NHS.
The study, carried out by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) on behalf of NACC showed:
• The North West of England is doing the least with only 17% of authorities providing a meals on wheels … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2016
Head chefs at all Hadrian Healthcare Group’s care homes are now members of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC). This gives them access to specialist resources, guidance, events and training to share with their teams.
The luxury elderly care provider has previously carried out research with Northumbria University to optimise its homes’ seasonal menus for nutrition and hydration, and Hadrian Healthcare chefs have won the NACC Care Cook of the Year competition three times.
Karen Brimble, operations manager for Hadrian Healthcare Group said: “Food is a key part of our approach to personalised care for each of our residents. We take food preparation and presentation seriously because we know that having the right foods can improve someone’s health and in turn their lifestyle. Our catering teams work hard every day to provide tasty and attractive food to restaurant … Read More »
A health and social care trust in Northern Ireland has commissioned a digital nutrition monitoring and advice service now being used by 14 care homes in the province.
The service, Health Call, has been commissioned by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland is said to allow a closer collaboration across the NHS and care homes through a secure web-based portal. Undernourished residents are closely monitored every one to two weeks by care home staff, who input the patient’s weight, appetite, and compliance to oral nutritional supplements (ONS) onto an online portal.
If any of the patient’s data falls outside of their pre-set personal parameters, a member of the dietetic team is alerted and will contact the care home to provide dietary advice. Previously the dietitian visited every patient every six weeks.
“The automated system offers great support to the … Read More »
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A course in professional catering and cookery for the health and social care sector is being piloted at Barnet and Southgate College in North London.
The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering is described as the first professional qualification for the sector. A result of collaboration between the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), and Barnet and Southgate College, the 20-week pilot course and qualification aims to address the absence of a recognised formal professional catering qualification dedicated to the health and social care sector.
NACC national chair Neel Radia said the course upholds a joint commitment to continuously improve the quality and standard of food in health and social care settings, and to position catering in this specific field as a viable and progressive career choice.
“The absence … Read More »
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The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has warned that elderly people in Britain face the risk of malnutrition and social isolation, whilst adding to the cost of an already struggling NHS, as government cuts hit community meals services.
Research published by the NACC shows that a third of councils no longer provide community meals – through meals on wheels, luncheon clubs and day centres – to elderly and vulnerable people living independently in their own homes. More than half expect further service reductions in the year ahead.
The NACC national chair, Neel Radia, has also called for government to look at making community meals a statutory responsibility for councils to protect services for older people. The NACC – supported by MPs, local authorities, caterers and campaigners such as the National Pensioners Convention – wants to highlight the pressure on meal … Read More »
Caring Times, June 2014
In support of the third Nutrition & Hydration Week (17-23 March), apetito, a provider of nutritious meals for care homes, hosted a tea party for over 60 delegates and guests as part of a Worldwide Afternoon Tea event.
With the aim of promoting the importance of regular food and fluid intake in the nutritionally vulnerable – including care home residents – apetito’s tea party was one of hundreds happening around the world on Nutrition and Hydration Day (19 March). The celebration took place at the company’s headquarters in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and included all the ingredients of a traditional tea party, with cake, scones, tea and live music from a local pianist.
Nutrition and Hydration Week is a nationally-recognised initiative organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the National Patient … Read More »
– with JOHN BURTON
Caring Times, June 2014
Adequate nutrition and good food are not the same, but good food is likely to provide adequate nutrition. Ask any care home resident which they’d prefer and I think they will all choose good food, and it may mean something different for each of them.
Good food is a combination of varied preferences and priorities: taste, texture, colour, culture, nourishment, presentation, surroundings, company, time of day, how hungry you are, the quality and freshness of ingredients, memories and associations, health, digestion and teeth . . . I could go on!
Whether nutrition is adequate is a professional judgement answering the question: “Does this combination of substances nourish the body sufficiently to maintain it in optimum condition?” Sounds more like an intravenous drip to me . . . not very enjoyable.
There are circumstances when a doctor or nutritionist … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2014
Nutritionists at MenuAnalyser, a menu planning website, have advised on the top nutrients for elderly people and are putting zinc, B vitamins and iron as the ones for care homes in particular to include in their meals.
The provision of foods containing zinc, B vitamins and iron can greatly improve the health of the elderly. For instance, B Vitamins may slow down Alzheimer’s disease, Zinc is responsible for over 300 functions within the body and Iron is an essential mineral that helps make red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body.
“These three magic ingredients can really boost the health of older people and all can be readily available in our daily intake of food”, says Teresa Dupay, founder of MenuAnalyser.
“They all help to keep the brain functioning. Zinc is also vital for the immune system and has … Read More »
Caring Times, May 2014
Care provider Sunrise Senior Living has appointed Royal Warrant holder Donald Russell as its butcher.
Following the success of the recent Taste of Sunrise campaign, which highlighted the importance of nutritious eating for older people, the partnership will see Sunrise residents dining like Royalty as they enjoy meat sourced from the same supplier as the Queen.
Sunrise says high quality food is a very important feature of life at its homes, with residents having three meals every day, freshly prepared in the communities’ kitchens by Sunrise’s talented chefs. The company says Donald Russell’s exceptional meat will provide another fine ingredient to complement the succulent dishes.
Before the appointment, the dining team at Sunrise carried out in-depth trials of both Donald Russell’s product and service as well as inspecting their facilities in Aberdeen, Scotland – the heartland of quality British meat.
Christopher … Read More »