Bartletts, Food & Drink, Merryfield, Stone House, Wellbeing

Winter Warmers – Recipe 1 from the Peverel Court Kitchens

“First we eat, then we do everything else,” is a famous quote by MFK Fisher, a prominent American food writer. We agree with her. Mealtimes are a part of the day looked forward to by most of us, not just for the tasty grub that comes with them, but for the socialising that eating brings with it.

Most events we go to will include some sort of food, whether it’s catching up with friends or family members, weddings, birthdays and, of course, Christmas – a time when most of us will eat way more than we need to. We do this because most of us love to eat. In fact, the very success of an event or celebration often resides in whether people enjoyed what they ate. It’s the first thing people will ask you wherever you have been, even if you’ve just been on holiday. “How was the food?” they’ll say.

It’s often one of the first questions we get asked at Peverel Court Care. Family members and prospective residents want to know what type of food we serve here because it’s such an important part of a person’s life. When it comes to food, people want two things mainly, quality and choice. We’re proud to provide both of those here.

We work conscientiously to provide our residents with variety, often using food we have harvested from our very own gardens. On special occasions such as birthdays, our residents get to choose whatever they would like to eat, and we will prepare it in our kitchen or arrange for it to be delivered to them.

As an added treat, we’re now often visited by chef’s from Creed, who are one of our suppliers. They meet with our own chefs and, based on resident requests and feedback, produce a recipe on our behalf. This month they created a delicious and healthy butternut squash soup. Made from just six ingredients, it’s easy to make and incredibly satisfying. We received great feedback from our residents.

Peverel Court Care has always been about making life as enjoyable as possible, and we know that, for our residents, food contributes immensely to their happiness. Our chef’s are fantastic and always encouraged to produce inspired and tasty dishes, and anything we can do to help this inspiration we will do.

We look forward to sharing further recipes from Creed with you in the future.

Food & Drink

Bite-sized nutrition at Peverel Court Care

There are two things everyone knows about food. Firstly, it is intrinsically linked to health and wellbeing. Secondly, it is unquestionably linked to happiness and contentedness for most people. For these reasons, the food we feed our residents has to be two things in order to keep them happy and well – tasty and nutritious.

Every day, our residents are given a menu from which they can choose one of several healthy and delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They can choose whether they want to eat this food in their rooms or in our dining room, where they can socialise with other residents.

Some of the vegetables we use in our meals come from our very own gardens and are prepared in our very own kitchens. Our gardeners are becoming so good at growing them that we often have vegetables left over, which we offer to the families of our residents.

But because of the happiness food provides, occasionally we have to give our residents the opportunity to eat some more indulgent as a treat. We host a fun activity called Resident Of The Day, in which each resident can choose what they want to eat – even if it isn’t on our menu. We’ve had some marvellous requests including Hungarian goulash, grilled seabass, fish and chips (specifically from the chip shop), and chicken shaslik and popadoms with chutney, which we had delivered from a local Indian restaurant. One of our residents even requested lobster, though he changed his mind in the end and settled for something else. We ask our residents what they would like in advance of their special day and then take the necessary steps to make sure they get it. They can even order puddings.

Nutrition has a serious side, so we do weigh our residents to make sure that they remain within a healthy weight-range. If any of our residents lose 2kg or more in a month, which is extremely rare, we take several immediate steps to make sure they move back into their healthy weight-range, including monitoring their weight weekly and referring them to GPs, dieticians and speech and language therapy for swallowing assessment as soon as possible. Weight-loss is usually nothing to do with a dislike of food, so we have to work quickly to work out if there are any underlying illnesses or issues. We can then work towards making our residents feel better.

But it’s all mostly good news. We get great reviews about our food in our resident’s surveys. We think this is because we work so hard to make sure our residents likes and dislikes are noted in their care plans, as well as working hard to accommodate their dietary requirements. We will do our research to meet the needs of any food requirement our residents have, both pre-admission and in an on-going, evolving care plan.

Food is a big part of life for all of us. There is no reason our love for it should end when we move on and live in a care home environment. We would like to thank our kitchen staff, who work tirelessly to make sure our residents are kept healthy and happy through delicious, nutritious menus – and for making sure they’re kept satisfied with the odd treat, too!

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