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Tasty, tempting & nutritious

At the Chiswick Nursing Centre we always stress the importance that good nutrition plays in keeping our residents in as good health as possible by reducing their risk of malnutrition and dehydration.

It is not uncommon for older people to lose their appetites or have them diminish. And those who have dementia are likely to need more prompting and encouragement to eat.

We aim to offer all our residents a choice of freshly cooked, nutritious food that is presented in a way to stimulate the taste buds and tempt those with a reduced appetite to eat. Also, as people become less able to get out and about, mealtimes become a staging post during the day – something to look forward to. Nothing delights us more than seeing people “tuck in” when the time comes.

To assist this, our catering team is presented with up to date information on the food preferences, cultural or medical and allergy requirements for each of our residents so that we can meet their needs effectively and safely promote their nutrition. This approach has reaped dividends in ensuring well nourished residents and was recognised with the highest rating (5 stars) awarded by the Food Standards Agency following its latest food hygiene inspection.

One of the projects undertaken at the Centre, involved the Chiswick Nursing Centre “United Stroke Club” who met weekly to swap food ideas and cook together in our specially adapted Occupational Therapy kitchen area. It culminated in a recipe book ‘Something Fishy and Other Delights’. Now that summer is here, it seems timely to reproduce one of their recipes here:

Tracv Cork’s Ice Cream (from Fraser)

Tin sweetened condensed milk – 397g/14ozs

Pint cream or whipping cream

Flavourings – coffee, vanilla, lemon meringue, fruits or alcohol (see below)

Place all ingredients in a bowl or electric mixer and whisk to a standing consistency. Transfer to freezer proof container with lid and place in freezer overnight. Ice cream with alcohol will be softer than that with fruit.

Flavourings

Vanilla – add 30mls vanilla extract and the seeds of a vanilla pod before whisking.

Coffee – add 20g Lavazza instant espresso granules before whisking.

Lemon Meringue – add the zest and juice of 4 lemons before whisking, then fold in 4 crumbled meringue nests.

Bourbon – add 100mls before whisking.

Strawberry – fold in 250g of chopped berries, then ripple in 250g strawberry conserve after whisking.Making sure that everyone has the right calorific and nutritious meals is especially important in keeping them well. Our team are also available to assist and support those whose overall health condition requires that they have some 1 on 1 support with eating and drinking.

Drink to “good health”

Numerous health studies stress the importance of maintaining good levels of hydration in older people and the consequences of failing to do so.

As we age, it can be more difficult to stay hydrated. Our bodies retain less water and the signs of dehydration are more difficult to spot or sense. As a result, we may not feel thirsty until hydration levels have dropped significantly.

Ensuring good levels of hydration is a key part of elderly care for various reasons:

To boost physical and mental health

Research has shown that those who drink sufficiently have healthier minds. This is especially important for older people, as cognitive abilities can often slow down as we age. Even mild dehydration can impact the brain’s ability to function to its full potential.

Studies also reveal that exercise is much easier for those who are well-hydrated. Drinking enough water can improve our endurance levels, lower the heart rate and speed up the recovery process of physical activity. So, if you are poorly hydrated, you are less likely to want to exercise and more likely to run out of energy quickly if you do.

To enhance your mood

It has been proven that those who drink more water tend to report better moods than those who do not. So, staying hydrated could be an important element of maintaining your overall mental wellbeing in later life.

To prevent illness and aid recovery

Good hydration not only helps many of those who fall ill to recover more quickly, it may often reduce the severity of illness or prevent us becoming ill in the first place. Some falls, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, for example, might all be avoided by keeping our fluids level topped up.

Whilst sipping water is the simplest way to take liquid on board, it is not always the most interesting. Therefore, we encourage Residents at the Chiswick Nursing Centre to drink the recommended levels of fluid by offering a range of tasty and healthy drinks including smoothies and blended juices or hydration fluids especially developed for older people or those who find it difficult to drink conventional fluids – perhaps those with eating or swallowing problems.

We also use a range of high fluid meals and food types to further ensure that everyone gets their recommended levels of fluid each day.

Our nursing team use new technology to constantly monitor fluid intake on all of our Residents – ensuring and encouraging higher levels of intake at especially hot periods and therefore ensuring that our Residents stay healthy and hydrated.

So next time you “raise a glass”, it could well be good for you – as long as there is not too much alcohol or sugar.

Physiotherapy at The Chiswick

Physiotherapy care for the local community

We offer experienced physiotherapy services to the local community at Chiswick Nursing Centre. 

As an integral part of the centre, our physiotherapists are exceptionally experienced at helping older people to achieve the highest levels of recovery from a wide range of physical injuries.

Our out-patient care follows the current Government guidelines around patient safety and you will be seen by a therapist wearing appropriate PPE equipment.

You can expect your first visit to be an initial assessment with one of our physios. He or she will then agree a plan of treatment with you – including goals which can be monitored and exercises to be completed during your scheduled sessions. These will be reviewed and revised at future treatment sessions depending on individual requirements.

Other on-site facilities include a physio gym which is easily accessible to individuals with a wide range of mobility issues.

In-patient physiotherapy for respite and convalescent care

As a provider of high-quality care and nursing services, our luxury Balmoral and Windsor Suites offer a hotel-style environment for anyone looking for short-term recovery care from an injury or, typically, hospital surgery.

A typical in-patient is 70-something, Mrs X, who arrived at Chiswick shortly after a hip replacement at a central London hospital. The operation had been a success, but she recognised the need for further physiotherapy to build confidence in using her brand new hip. 

We provide intensive in-patient physiotherapy, delivered as many as 5 sessions per week to ensure that physical recovery improves and stays on track.

Mrs X was booked into an en-suite bedroom with TV, direct dial telephone and Wi-Fi access. She enjoyed a selection of delicious and nutritious meals prepared by our on-site chef.

What’s more our care and nursing team are available 24/7 throughout an in-patient stay.

After three weeks, Mrs X went home to North London, raring to go back to her normal life, fully able to use her hip.

Steve Winter – The Centre Director at The Chiswick Nursing Centre said:

“Mrs X is a prime example of someone who wanted the safety and security of our hotel style nursing and care service with the reassurance that our physiotherapy programme would offer her the stability and confidence that she wanted before venturing back home and to her normal way of life.

“Our physio service has lots of good examples like this – we treat everyone as if they are a superstar!”

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