A training centre for school cooks has been established to help staff who have never been trained to cook nutritious and delicious meals from scratch. This is almost certainly a follow on from the Jamie Oliver momentum from a few years ago. Quite rightly schools have raised their game and also the budget for school dinners.
Where does this leave care homes? Care home catering needs some Jamie Oliver momentum - a celebrity who cares about food in care homes as much as we do. Food in a care home not only provides the nutrition and enjoyment of a meal but also the social centre of the day. A time to interact with others and chat.
At Chosen with Care we believe food is going to be the next 'big thing' in care homes. It is going to be one of the main differentiators between homes. It is simple for visitors and relatives to assess, we are all experts on food - we know what is good and what is bad.
Care homes, it might be time to start looking at a care home catering school...
Whilst struggling to identify the right type of care and provider for our mother who has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimers, myself and my sister and brother came across Chosen With Care. We cannot praise their service enough. The time and care taken not only during their search, but before and after with no extra cost, illustrates their commitment to doing the best they can for their clients. Particularly reassuring is the fact that, unlike other advisers in this field, Chosen With Care do not benefit from referral fees, so we were reassured that their advice was completely independent. If any more reassurance is needed, you only have to watch the TedX talk given by owner and founder Debbie Harris to see how passionate Chosen With Care are about changing and raising standards within the care industry.