Think local, buy local, eat local
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
We all know that the self-pay part of the care home market is in ’robust good health’ but that shouldn’t mislead us into thinking that the self-pay route is an easy option for care providers to pursue.
Self paying residents and their families have certain expectations, and those expectations are likely to become more complex as time goes by.
I’m 61, no longer a spring chicken but not quite at the stage of looking at woodland cemeteries with a discerning eye. I do not eat at pubs who source their meals from big catering companies, I will not eat chicken at a restaurant unless I can be assured that it is free range and welfare friendly, I won’t buy any meat that is not certified to be welfare friendly.
In a decade or two, should I need to take up residence in a care home, and be funding my stay there out of my own pocket, I will take my food preferences with me. My care provider will no doubt be thankful that I don’t insist on my food being organic, but there are many who will.
Which brings me to another point – I think a lot of care homes need to do better with their food offering. I don’t need a food scientist to tell me that the stuff delivered in cater packs by the big national distributors is inferior to fresh, locally sourced produce – my tastebuds tell me that.
And engagement with the local community should be more than getting the school choir to come in and sing ‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ at harvest time. It should also be about engaging with the local economy and buying locally where possible. After all, the local baker’s mum may be a potential future resident.
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