Nutrition and hydration week

Abbotswood Court promotes healthy lifestyle choices among the elderly

Hydration Week

To promote healthy lifestyle choices amongst its elderly residents, Abbotswood Court is providing an eclectic mix of events for Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Abbotswood Court is marking Nutrition and Hydration Week with a program of events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, especially for those aged 80+. Nutrition and Hydration week is a national campaign celebrated between 12th and 18th of March.  Its mission is to create a movement that will reinforce nutrition and hydration as a vital part of quality care and safety improvement in social care settings.

Care providers step into residents' shoes to improve on catering

Care providers step into the shoes of residents

More than 30 people working in the care industry came together for an innovative care catering event. 

The interactive session, held during Nutrition and Hydration week, put attendees in the shoes of residents to highlight just how important positive dining experiences are to quality care. 

Led by executive director of NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) Sylvie Silver, and Paul Wright, UFS elderly care development chef. 

Sylvie said:  “Mealtimes aren’t just about nutrition, they’re key social occasions too. And like any meaningful activity, care needs to be taken to ensure individual needs are taken into account. And that all starts with seeing things from their point of view.”

The Big Lottery Fund has donated more than a million pounds to help launch a pioneering project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

A good food charity has received a £1.25m boost to establish a special nutrition programme for the elderly.

The Soil Association’s Food for Life Programme received the funding to help launch an innovative scheme that uses good food to boost wellbeing and reduce isolation among older people.

Official figures from charitable association Bapen reveal that 1.3 million people over the age of 65 suffer from malnutrition, while Age UK found that two fifths of elderly consider the television to be their main source of company. 

This project works directly with programme users to tackle these issues across three key areas in the UK: Edinburgh, Calderdale and Kirklees, and Leicester City and Leicestershire.