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Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
Nutrition and Hydration Guide launched to support care home caterers
To mark Nutrition and Hydration Week, Bidfood has launched a new guide that aims to help care homes find novel and creative ways to achieve healthy hydration amongst residents. 
Free to download from hereƒ-Nutrition-Hydration-Week.pdf, Bidfood has designed the guide to support those caring for the 40,000+ elderly and disabled people currently in residential care and nursing homes across the UK. With an extra 71,000 care home spaces needed in the next eight years1, it's more important than ever that caterers have the tools and resources to ensure the specialist needs of the elderly are met with not only nourishing, but inspiring solutions. 
Bidfood's Nutrition and Hydration guide includes everything from recipes and educational quizzes, to guidance on fluid intake. For example, by giving residents their own jug of water and access to squash sticks, they can independently prepare their own soft drinks and maintain their individual drinking routines.  
Vicky Mogford, Marketing Manager, Customer Marketing at Bidfood, said: 'Malnutrition is a key issue amongst the elderly and it's imperative that healthy hydration levels are maintained throughout the day. This can be from both hot and cold drinks as well as food with high water content, such as vegetables. The right food and drink can enhance a resident's experience as well as play a part in their care and wellbeing - irrespective of their length of stay. 
'It's of course of vital importance that strict nutritional standards are met, however we also believe that sharing a drink or meal together should be enjoyed. Sadly, many of the elderly can experience a loss in appetite and concentration levels - meaning it's even more important that food and drink options are as appealing as possible.  
'Eating and drinking can be a wonderful social experience, and can bring a lot of pleasure through taste, presentation and flavour. Our guide is about marrying the two up - bringing together the nutritional needs of the elderly along with creativity to inspire care home catering teams to bring innovative dishes to residents.' 
Bidfood's guide also includes advice on tableware and how to ensure residents can hydrate safely. An example of this would be providing biodegradable straws so residents can minimise the difficulty of controlling the angle that a cup is tipped at, avoiding too much liquid being dispensed. Alternatively, offering drinking cups with handles which are easy to grip, can help to reduce spillages amongst residents who have tremors. 
The Bidfood Nutrition and Hydration guide will launch this month (March 2018) with a roadshow taking place during Nutrition and Hydration Week. The roadshow will see Bidfood team up with suppliers to host nutrition experiences at care homes across the country including a cupcake decorating workshop with Dr Oetker to get residents involved in food preparation and a 'golden oldie' cinema with popcorn and ice cream. 
For more information or to download the guide please visit our care home page

Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
Outstanding hat-trick for Colten Care
A NEW Forest nursing home has become the third Colten Care facility in less than a year to gain an official 'Outstanding' rating. 
Inspectors from the CQC awarded their highest grade to Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, praising its 'exceptionally personalised' care and declaring its service especially 'effective, responsive and well-led'. 
The hat-trick follows Outstanding ratings for two of Colten's other New Forest homes: Linden House in Lymington and Kingfishers in New Milton. 
Staff members at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst are pictured celebrating their Outstanding rating from the CQC.

Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
Home promotes experienced deputy to new manager
SOWERBY House has promoted its deputy manager to lead the team of staff and volunteers at the Thirsk-based care home. 
Katie Hodgson, who joined the home in 2016, has more than 16 years' experience in the field. She started her care career with Sowerby House, where she worked with the Thirsk home, and returned as deputy manager more than a decade later. 
During her career, Katie has had a number of deputy and acting manager positions, giving her a great deal of experience in managing the day-to-day running of a care home. She also worked closely with Sowerby House's previous manager to implement positive changes during the last 12 months. 
Katie had originally interviewed for a manager's position at a different home, but when the previous manager left the company, she was offered the role at Sowerby House.

Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
Leading care provider launches in Cheltenham
EXPERIENCED elderly and dementia care specialist Kelly Hennessey-Ford has been appointed to launch a new home care service in Cheltenham. 
Kelly is opening a branch of SweetTree Home Care Services, one of the UK's leading care providers, and is in the process of recruiting a team of carers. 
SweetTree, established 15 years ago, serves more than 350 clients and employs a team of 500 carers and support workers who look after elderly residents and those with complex needs including learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurological conditions and dementia. 
Its service in London has just been rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, making SweetTree one of the top performing home care providers in the UK.

Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
Heritage researchers praise Maxims makeover
POSTGRADUATE researchers from the University of Birmingham have hailed a major Staffordshire heritage project as a shining example of the reuse of a historical site, during a visit to Newcastle-under-Lyme's oldest building. 
The researchers, from the University of Birmingham's Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, visited the 17th century building, currently being sympathetically regenerated as part of a wider £13.5m development by state-of-the-art care village operator Belong, to see first-hand the process of bringing new life to a site of historical interest.  
The visit also provided postgraduate students and doctoral researchers with a chance to observe the delivery phase of a Heritage Lottery Fund backed project. 
Researchers from the University of Birmingham's International Institute for Cultural Heritage pictured outside the Maxims building.

Home celebrates anniversary with cutting-edge technology
Home celebrates anniversary with cutting-edge technology
ANCHOR'S Beech Hall has installed the Tovertafel ('Magic Table' in Dutch) in its care home as part of its anniversary celebrations.  
This award-winning innovation comes from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care. 
The Tovertafel contains a series of activities for people living with mid to late stage dementia. It has been designed to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia in the later stages of their journey.

Group appoints new manager in Arbroath
Group appoints new manager in Arbroath
AWARD-winning provider Balhousie Care Group has appointed a new manager for its Antiquary care home in Arbroath. 
Cath Maclean brings to the role almost 20 years' experience in nursing and care homes. As manager of the Antiquary home, she is responsible for almost 60 residents, 20 of them in a self-contained facility for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. 
Cath joined the care home industry 18 years ago with a long-held passion for caring for people with dementia.

Care homes partner with primary school for pen pal scheme
Care homes partner with primary school for pen pal scheme
KIDDERMINSTER care homes Hollyfields and High Habberley have teamed up with Franche Primary School on a newly launched pen pal scheme, connecting residents within their homes with creative writing pupils.  
Recently featured on BBC Breakfast, residents of the two homes, both run by Barchester Healthcare, have been sharing their stories of the past with year four students, and making new friends in the inter-generational scheme. 
Letter writing, which is part of the school's creative writing curriculum, has covered topics such as holidays and places to visit, as well as cautionary tales from both the students and the residents of Hollyfields and High Habberley.

Former bomb inspector shares stories from the Forties
Former bomb inspector shares stories from the Forties
EDNA Neilson, a tenant at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme, shared her stories of her time spent working as a bomb inspector during World War Two. 
Well-known among colleagues for her exceptional eyesight, Edna spent her teenage years inspecting faulty bombs for Vickers Armstrong in Newcastle. Recently, she was joined by the scheme's hairdresser's granddaughter, pupil, Ellie, who chose to do her school project on Edna's exciting past. 
She may have only been 16-years-old at the time but Edna quickly became renowned amongst the other inspectors and superiors for her first-rate vision and meticulous attention to detail, as she inspected bomb after bomb, before they were shipped out to the war.  
Edna is pictured sharing her stories with Ellie.

Harrogate care home achieves 'Outstanding'
Harrogate care home achieves 'Outstanding'
A SPECIALIST dementia care home in Pannal, Harrogate has impressed local CQC inspectors, who found the service to be 'Outstanding' - a status shared by less than two per cent of all care homes in the country. 
Vida Grange, which offers specialist care for up to 124 people living with dementia, was inspected in November, less than a year after opening, securing its outstanding rating for its caring ethos and effective approach to care. 
The report highlighted in particular the person-centred approach in the home, recognising the efforts made to meet people's individual needs and the very positive impact this had on their wellbeing. The report also highlighted the specialist training, excellent support and mentorship staff at the home were given to ensure they had the skills and knowledge to provide the highest standards of care and support.

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