Healthy Eating

Providing a choice of nutritious, appetising meals, that meet the needs and choices of individuals, and support with eating where needed.

Your health is important, and one factor to help maintain good health is through food. We understand there can be a number of factors that stop you or your loved one from maintaining a balanced, nutritional diet such as not knowing what meals to cook or being unable to source the ingredients needed.

Not only ingredients and meals are important but also:

  • Carry out nutritional screening. Record the dietary needs and preferences of individuals and any assistance they need at mealtimes.
  • Refer the person for professional assessment if screening raises particular concerns (eg speech and language therapy for people with swallowing difficulties, occupational therapy for equipment such as special plates and cutlery, dietician for special dietary needs relating to illness or condition, physiotherapist to assess physical needs and posture).
  • Make food look appetising. If the texture of food needs to be modified seek advice from the speech and language therapist. Not all food for people with swallowing difficulties needs to be puréed. Keep different foods separate to enhance the quality of the eating experience.
  • If necessary, record food and fluid intake daily and act on the findings.
  • Make sure food is available and accessible between mealtimes.
  • Ensure you are not rushed to eat or while eating.
  • Provide assistance discreetly to people who have difficulty eating. Use serviettes, not bibs, to protect clothing. Offer finger food to those who have difficulty using cutlery, and provide adapted crockery and cutlery to enable people to feed themselves where appropriate.
  • While socialising during mealtimes should be encouraged, we will offer privacy to those who have difficulties with eating, if they wish, to avoid embarrassment or loss of dignity.
  • The Food Standards Agency recommends a daily intake of six to eight glasses of water or other fluids.

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