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A Typical New Care Home Food Menu

April 24th, 2024

When designing menus for care homes, there are many factors to consider. We meticulously plan our care home menus to cater to the nutritional needs and dietary requirements of our elderly residents, while also focusing on flavour, variety, and presentation. With care home food being a significant part of the living experience, we want to ensure that residents receive balanced meals that contribute to their overall health and wellbeing, and that they enjoy every day.

Designing Our Care Home Menus

senior eating a meal from a care home menu

We carefully plan our care home food menus to ensure that every mealtime is something residents look forward to. Our care home menu ideas are developed by trained chefs who understand the various needs of our senior residents and take into account the following: 

Nutrition

We aim to provide a balanced diet that is rich in essential nutrients, including protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Residents receiving nursing care may have a range of health complications, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart failure. Special attention is paid to meeting the specific dietary needs that these illnesses might bring, for example, low salt recipes to reduce cholesterol.

Variety

Variety is key to keeping residents interested and engaged with their meals. Our care home food menus typically offer a diverse selection of dishes across breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will always be a choice of snacks and fruit readily available too. This variety not only adds excitement to mealtimes, but ensures that residents receive the necessary calories and  nutrients.

Ingredients

We try to use seasonal ingredients in our menus to ensure freshness and flavour. Using seasonal fruit and vegetables means that we are able to rotate our care home food options according to the time of year so residents get a varied diet. Ingredients that are in season usually taste better too, and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is great for boosting the immune system.

Dietary Needs

There are many dietary needs to consider when devising a care home menu. This includes common preferences, for example vegetarian or vegan diets, and also means accommodating allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free, or dairy-free diets. We want to make sure that every meal aligns with our residents’ needs and preferences, and will always take these into account when designing menus throughout the year.

Modified Diets

Some residents may have developed problems with eating due to illnesses like dementiaFor residents with swallowing difficulties or other similar issues, we can offer modified diets. Our care home chefs have soft food recipes they can work to, or they can make more digestible versions of regular dishes that are both nutritious and palatable. For seniors with high blood pressure, low cholesterol foods and meals are a priority in our care home menus too.

Hydration

Our bodies have less water composition the older we get, so hydration is important for our senior residents. As well as providing healthy and hearty meals, making sure residents are hydrated throughout the day is essential. We have water, juices, herbal teas, and other drinks for residents to enjoy.

An Example New Care Home Food Menu

healthy bowl of fruit to show types of care home food

Our care home food menus change daily so that residents get a variety of meals that they can enjoy. Breakfast each day is a selection of cereals or porridge with tea, coffee or fruit juice, and we are able to offer a hot breakfast if requested. Lunch will usually be finger sandwiches with a choice of crisps, and on Sundays we have a roast dinner option or a vegetarian alternative, such as vegetable stew.

Our care home menus typically provide a starter, main course and a dessert each day. Examples of the types of meals our residents can expect include:

care home menu

Dementia Care Home Menus

For residents using our dementia care services, we create menus that are carefully designed to provide nutritious and balanced meals, and take into account the specific dietary needs and preferences of individuals with dementia.

Difficulty eating can be one of the symptoms of dementia, and so care home menus should include options that are easy to chew and swallow, such as soft foods, finger foods or even pureed foods. As well as the physical aspects of any food, dementia care home menus should also factor in the cognitive and sensory needs of residents. This can mean serving meals in a pleasant and calming environment, using contrasting colours to help with visual impairments, and avoiding overwhelming smells or noises that could cause distress.

A dementia care home menu might also incorporate familiar and favourite foods of residents, as this can help them recall past experiences. Details like this can be included in a care plan to help staff personalise the eating experience for those living with dementia in a care home. Ideally, mealtimes should be structured and consistent, offering routine and familiarity for individuals with dementia.

Dining With Loved Ones

pizza being eaten in a care home

Mealtimes in care homes are not only a crucial part of the day, but can be a chance for residents to socialise. Meals are served in communal dining areas, where residents can spend time in each other’s company. This helps to create a sense of community and belonging, which enhances overall wellbeing. We therefore always encourage residents to spend time together over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In addition to this, our fine dining restaurants can also accommodate loved ones who may be visiting. Enjoying meals together is one way to keep seniors in care homes involved in family life. We can book spaces for our residents to spend time with friends and family, or even help to organise special celebrations, such as a milestone birthday.

Care Home Menus You Can Trust 

Our care home food menus play a crucial role in ensuring the health, wellbeing, and overall satisfaction of residents. It’s important that we provide nutritious meals and also offer residents a sense of familiarity, with the chance to enjoy meals they might have eaten before moving into a care home. If you’d like to find out more about our care services, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or arrange for you to visit one of our care homes