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.
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.