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.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Stir it up Care Menu Solutions Guide.
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 services 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to take your care catering to the next level.