A training centre for school cooks has been established to help staff who have never been trained to cook nutritious and delicious meals from scratch. This is almost certainly a follow on from the Jamie Oliver momentum from a few years ago. Quite rightly schools have raised their game and also the budget for school dinners.
Where does this leave care homes? Care home catering needs some Jamie Oliver momentum - a celebrity who cares about food in care homes as much as we do. Food in a care home not only provides the nutrition and enjoyment of a meal but also the social centre of the day. A time to interact with others and chat.
At Chosen with Care we believe food is going to be the next 'big thing' in care homes. It is going to be one of the main differentiators between homes. It is simple for visitors and relatives to assess, we are all experts on food - we know what is good and what is bad.
Care homes, it might be time to start looking at a care home catering school...
My wife Doreen is disabled and has Alzheimer's. If that were not enough, she recently fell and broke her arm! At that moment my life changed, as I was no longer able to continue caring for her.
A friend suggested that I talk to Debbie. We arranged a meeting at which she advised that I should have a plan for the future; we first agreed that the plan should be to get Doreen back home. Debbie recommend that I get Doreen out of hospital as soon as possible and into a care home for respite, advising me what to look for when selecting the home (vital). We further went into any requirements our own home might need to enable Doreen's safe return. Once home, Home Care will be needed, and Debbie again had all the contacts to provide this to meet my needs.
I will not go into other offerings on her menu - needless to say she has all the answers and was able to lift the burden from my shoulders at a very stressful time. A very big thank you Debbie as our plan is beginning to take shape.