Catering with care: Bidvest Foodservice returns with second ‘Fortification Week’

October 4, 2016

Fortification Week on 10-16 October 2016 – the pioneering initiative from UK foodservice provider, Bidvest Foodservice, is back for a second time to highlight worrying levels of malnutrition among care home residents.
On entry to a care home, statistics show 35% of residents are at risk of malnutrition. From diminishing appetite, to digestive problems and swallowing difficulties, there are a number of factors that can contribute to poor nutritional intake and malnutrition among elderly diners. And, for the second year, Fortification Week will help raise awareness of these issues.
 
Vicky Mogford, healthcare marketing manager at Bidvest Foodservice said: “Catering to a large number of individual dietary needs is a challenge in itself, but to also ensure that meals are delicious and visually appealing, is a daunting prospect that care home caterers encounter on a daily basis.
 
“By making Fortification Week an annual event, we hope we can draw attention to these challenges and highlight the simple ways in which care home caterers can provide fortified meals and toffeeapplecheesecakea_0.jpgsnacks.”
 
To coincide with Fortification Week, the health and nutrition experts at Bidvest Foodservice have launched a complete guide to catering for residents. Containing easy to follow advice and recipes, such as fortified Toffee Apple Cheesecake and a Trio of Mousses.
 
Each day during the initiative, one of Bidvest Foodservice’s partner suppliers will visit a different care home, to offer tips on providing healthy, nutritionally triooficecreams.jpgbalanced and tasty menus.
 
Bidvest Foodservice’s top tips for catering for care home residents include:
 
·         Meals can be fortified by adding cream, butter, whole milk, milk powder, cheese and oil to every day foods.
·         Fortification of dishes should be personalised according to the resident’s needs, e.g. for diabetic residents, only fortify with sugar under diabetic guidelines/with advice from a healthcare professional, as medication may need adjustment.
·         Adding high calorie, non-filling ingredients to food will increase the calories without expanding the portion size, or make the meal too ‘heavy’.
·         Large portions can be overwhelming so try serving smaller portions and offer second helpings.
·         Create the right environment and ensure that residents are comfortable and happy with the dining room seating plan.
·         Minimise noise and visual stimulation so that diners can eat without distraction. This is particularly relevant for those suffering with dementia, who can become easily distracted.
 
To access the guide, visit www.bidvest.co.uk/care-homes

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