Providing fresh, healthy meals for UK care homes
Making sure residents in care communities are consuming nutritious food and drink is absolutely essential. After all, the food we eat is fundamental to the quality of our lives, and, for many older people in particular, the meals they eat on a daily basis can be critical to their health and well-being.
For instance, men aged 65 and over need 2300 calories a day and 49g of good fats a day to stay healthy. If they are eating nutritionally weak food, the amount of food they would have to eat would just not be palatable to them.
For ladies it is 1900 calories and 46g of fat – again, they will need smaller portions of nutrient high foods to ensure they meet this requirement.
People’s appetites also reduce with age, so it’s important that the meals that are being presented in the care environment are exciting and enticing enough to encourage maximum take-up.
At The Healthy Food Company, we’ve made it our mission to create and supply fresh meals for care homes that are designed to help combat malnutrition, dehydration and illness due to a lack of nutritionally dense food. All our pre-prepared products are high in calories, vitamins and nutrients that are familiar to this age group yet packaged up in smaller portions to suit their requirements.
Our meals also allow each guest to eat when they want to. Perhaps they are resting, asleep, having treatments or just don’t fancy eating at set times – regardless, our meals can be regened in minutes, right when they are ready to sit down for their meal.
Poor nutrition will increase behavioural problems in Alzheimer’s sufferers, so we make sure we limit the amount of saturated fats, salts and sugars in their meals. Similarly, those with osteoporosis also need to avoid foods high in salt content, as they can deplete calcium levels in the body, which increases bone loss. Adding extra salt to meals is a cheap and easy way to boost its flavour – but it’s something we never do, for these very reasons.
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