Using Plant-Based Meals to Provide a Gold Standard of Care
The number of vegans in care homes has skyrocketed by 167% in 5 years. Whether a person is a resident in a care home or in hospital for a short or longer term stay, it is essential to provide them with respect regarding their personal preferences and ethical beliefs. With a little planning, vegetarian and vegan plant-based meals need not create a lot of extra work.
In care homes, the demand for vegan and vegetarian meals is growing. The number of vegan or vegetarian residents in UK care homes has almost trebled and these figures are likely to continue growing, and fast. When it comes to looking for advice or recipe inspiration specifically for the care sector, Vegetarian for Life have a great wealth of experience and insight in this area. Vegetarian for Life is a UK charity aimed at improving the quality of life of older vegetarians and vegans. They have recipes, guides specifically for caterers.
Find out more information visit www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk
Catering for vegan and vegetarian diets is moving higher up the agenda for industry bodies when it comes to healthcare and hospital catering. The recent Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food highlights the importance of providing healthy hot and chilled options for vegans, vegetarians and people with food allergies. In the report, it was stated that the lack of vegan, vegetarian or allergen-free options available were one of the main issues staff raised.
The Vegan Society are collaborating with the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) to bring balanced vegan-friendly recipes to every hospital caterer in the UK. Find out more at www.vegansociety.com. Therefore, one of the recommendations was assessing the availability of healthy snack options for different diets.
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