We have some ‘special’ diets including, celiac, diabetic, vegetarian and soft meals for those with swallow difficulties (S.A.L.T. Team) all of which are catered for on an individual basis. For the majority of our residents a typical day of food could look like this…
Breakfast (around 8am): Choice of cereals, toast, porridge, eggs, juice, tea, coffee (we sometimes have special requests like bacon/sausage etc)
Lunch (12 noon): We offer a 3 course lunch starting with soup freshly made from the days vegetables (this is very important, especially for those that are poorly, as it is a great way of giving wholesome food), choice of two hot mains, then a pudding or fruit
Tea Time (4pm): A choice of a hot option like crumpets/mushrooms on toast/hot dogs etc or sandwiches and cake or pudding to finish
Supper Time (around 8pm): Cheese and biscuits or cake for those that want it. We introduced the supper time primarily for those that were diabetics as little and often is the way to keep steady blood sugar levels, plus it is nice thing to have in the evening before bed. This round is served with the widely requested Horlicks or hot chocolate, and/or the tot of whiskey!
In February 2014 we changed the milk order from semi-skimmed to full fat, the logic being that our frailer residents needed the additional energy in the milk as their appetites lessened. (We still buy semi-skimmed for the staff!).
We source our vegetables from a local wholesale greengrocer called Griffith’s who deliver every day. We have been so impressed with their level of service and quality of their produce that we now also have all our milk and bread from them as well.
We source our meat fresh or frozen from a local butcher called Shipleys who get the majority of their meat from local livestock. The result is the quality is excellent which means our residents enjoy it more and eat more and so the wastage is greatly reduced. Our other foods come from a family run firm called Birchalls who deliver once a week but provide us with great quality produce and excellent service.
Finally I must mention that we are blessed with two excellent and imaginative cooks (and a third relief cook) who are passionate about their trade and produce fantastic menus which are regularly reviewed (and brilliant birthday cakes!) Where do we excel (other than daily) – our parties and Christmas Day!