Stir It Up Care Menu Solutions Guide

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Catering in the care sector is challenging work at the best of times. Not only do chefs have to cater for each individual’s tastes while ensuring they receive a nutritionally balanced diet, they are required to offer a variety of meals throughout the day, 7 days a week as well as delivering a variety of snacks. Whether you are new to care catering, or looking for a little inspiration, we hope the information and tips in this guide provide additional support and help you take your service to the next level.

This guide has been created to help care chefs in all elements of their day. The content of the guide includes;

  • Talking Tables Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way to developing a creative and successful meal time experience, so we asked chefs and experts throughout the care sector for their recommendations and tips for your care customers to take their care catering to the next level.
  • Planning Your Plates This section of the guide looks at all areas of menu planning from carefully balancing the calories and nutrients individuals need throughout the day and adapting dishes to the season to plate presentation and overall dining experience.
  • Nourishing Needs One of the many challenges chefs face in the care sector is accommodating the dietary requirements of each individual. In any care environment, whether large or small, caterers will need to provide meals for people with dementia, dysphagia, high cholesterol, diabetes, allergies and more. In this section, we take a closer look at four of the most significant considerations, including what to be aware of as a caterer and how to handle the individual complexities.
  • Staying Active In this section we have Sue Cawthray, National Chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) talking about the importance of encouraging people to eat and having food focused activities as part of a residents’ day. We’ve also included a calendar of different food focused days and weeks that care caterers and activities coordinators can built activities around.
  • Time to Hydrate Older people in care environments or residential homes are at an increased risk of dehydration. Good hydration is important for a variety of reasons, not only does it support our cognitive health, it also helps to promote skin health and prevents headaches, urinary tract infections, tiredness and constipation. We look at the various ways care caterers can increase the opportunities for hydration throughout the day.
  • Keep it Clean Food hygiene standards must be adhered to by caterers across all sectors, however within the care sector, there are many different routes by which people may obtain food and drink. We look at how caterers can control the pathways and reinforcing hygiene practices to minimise contamination within their environments.

We hope our care customers find this guide insightful and a useful resource to refer to. Click here to take a look. Happy reading.

Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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