Beacon supply partner, Bidfood has launched a new guide that aims to help care homes find novel and creative ways to achieve healthy hydration amongst residents. The initiative was launched in readiness for Nutrition and Hydration Week, which took place earlier this month.
Guest article: Bidfood
Bidfood has designed the nutrition and hydration guide to support those caring for the 40,000+ elderly and disabled people currently in residential care and nursing homes across the UK. With an extra 71,000 care home spaces needed in the next eight years1
, it’s more important than ever that caterers have the tools and resources to ensure the specialist needs of the elderly are met with not only nourishing, but inspiring, solutions.
Bidfood’s Nutrition and Hydration guide includes everything from recipes and educational quizzes, to guidance on fluid intake. For example, by giving residents their own jug of water and access to squash sticks, they can independently prepare their own soft drinks and maintain their individual drinking routines. Equally, for any residents who have difficulty swallowing, slightly thickened drinks can be provided, which will move more slowly in the mouth and be easier for them to control.
Vicky Mogford, Marketing Manager, Customer Marketing at Bidfood, said: “Malnutrition is a key issue amongst the elderly and it’s imperative that healthy hydration levels are maintained throughout the day. This can be from both hot and cold drinks as well as food with high water content, such as vegetables. The right food and drink can enhance a resident’s experience as well as play a part in their care and wellbeing – irrespective of their length of stay.
“It’s of course of vital importance that strict nutritional standards are met, however we also believe that sharing a drink or meal together should be enjoyed. Sadly many of the elderly can experience a loss in appetite – meaning it’s even more important that food and drink options are as appealing as possible.
“Eating and drinking can be a wonderful social experience, and can bring a lot of pleasure through taste, presentation and flavour. Our guide is about marrying the two up – bringing together the nutritional needs of the elderly along with creativity to inspire care home catering teams to bring innovative solutions to residents.”
To find out more and to download the guide, please click here
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