What we eat has a profound effect on our bodies and minds and the connection between food and health is important at all stages of our lives. Nutrition plays a vital role in our health and wellbeing and eating well remains of utmost importance in later life.
As we get older chewing and swallowing difficulties, poor health, a smaller appetite and other factors may make it harder to get the right nutrients in the right amounts.
Our dietitians work closely with our operations team,and provide the appropriate support and training to ensure that the nutritional needs of all our customers are met through delicious food enjoyed in a pleasant environment.
Hydration is such an important factor in the health of our older customers. Research reveals that around 1 in 5 care home residents are at risk of dehydration, and those with dementia are more than six times more likely to be dehydrated. Care home residents are far more likely to be admitted to hospital with dehydration than those in their own homes.
Our Hydration Care method combines a variety of fruit juices and beverages with a range of dispensing systems, to create a complete solution to each customer. We offer a variety of high quality juices and smoothies and for higher calorific value, ice teas, multi-vitamin drinks and flavoured waters.
It is a method which is proven in increasing hydration levels, resulting in sustainable fluid consumption increases, healthier customers and a reduction in the cost of care.
Wherever appropriate we work with home managers to make food a showcase service and real measure of the quality of care that residents and their families can expect. For many it is one of the deciding factors in the selection of a home.
Our programme, You&Life, unifies all our work in nutrition. It provides our staff with the guidance, training and the resources to promote and deliver nutrition, health and wellbeing across our portfolio of sites.
The strength of the expertise provided by our in-house team of registered dietitians is beyond that of most nutrition services in the contract catering industry. All members of the team have a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are members of the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
Our dietitians are committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of our customers through food and hydration. They work with our own staff and our clients to raise awareness and tackle the nutritional challenges faced in the care sector including malnutrition.