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Luxury retirement village celebrates with a week of foodie fun

A luxury Chorley retirement village has taken part in a national initiative surrounding good nutrition and hydration.  

Residents and staff from The Grange, an assisted living environment in the award winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, took part in Nutrition and Hydration Week (March 13-19), which is supported by official health organisations such as NHS England.

The Grange activity coordinator Alison Evans adapted the usual exercise and wellbeing activities to incorporate important advice about nutrition and hydration. Activities were used to promote wider health benefits, which also included a special sing-along and dancing to meet the current 1950’s activity theme which is running at the home.

The Grange is operated by not for profit organisation Hica Group. Penni Brown, chief executive at Hica Group said: “Nutrition and Hydration week is a fantastic way to introduce fun activities which are themed around healthy food and drinks as well as wider general wellness.

“Chefs at The Grange prepare a range of delicious home cooked meals with the best locally sourced ingredients for those who live in the apartments. All menus are prepared to incorporate balanced and healthy foods, and a range of refreshments are available all day.

“Alison did a fantastic job in adapting the usual daily activities programme to include useful advice on nutrition and hydration.”

Staff and chefs at The Grange also prepared a range of homemade international cakes and treats for The Worldwide Afternoon Tea Party, on Wednesday, March 15, where residents got involved in baking, crafts and decorating and enjoyed entertainment.

The week, which was launched by the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and Patient Safety First, aims to raise awareness of good food and hydration, and the risks of malnutrition and what can be done to prevent the condition in health and social care environments.

Buckshaw Retirement Village comprises three distinctive living communities: The Grange, a luxury assisted living environment; The Lodge, a high quality dementia care home; and The Court, which is privately owned independent living apartments.

Buckshaw Retirement Village  is part of The Hica Group, which operates a portfolio of 19 residential care homes, five of which are for people with a learning disability, along with two retirement villages.  The company also runs a home care service providing approximately 11,500 hours of support and care from four regional offices in the North of England.

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