Nutrition and Hydration Week saw global support from care homes

Nutrition and Hydration Week saw global support from care homes

The organisers of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2018 have reported events being held across the world, including New Zealand, Australia, India, United States of America, Hungary, Canada, Malawi, Republic of Ireland, Qatar, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Here is a flavour of what took place:

In Ontario, Knollcrest Lodge residents, staff and family once again celebrated the World Tea party. They served fresh scones made by the residents; in addition sugar cookies in the shape of tea cups and tea pots were made, which the residents decorated.

As part of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguard, in Newcastle and Gateshead they celebrated the Week by hosting a Care Home Competition, offering prizes for care homes to win for their residents to enjoy, many of which involved eating and drinking.

Village on the Isle in Venice, Florida held a week of events: on Monday they served Margarita madness (house-made margaritas and chips); Tuesday was snocones; Wednesday was their tea party with an all-England old fashioned tribute to Wimbledon; on Thursday they made Shamrock shakes (house made ice cream served with cream dement) and on Friday they took the residents to McDonalds for their Shamrock shakes!

Castlemeadow’s St Johns House Care Home in Norwich held a Baking Day on Monday, making cakes and homemade lemonade; they held their Afternoon Tea on the Wednesday with fresh scones and homemade cakes; this was followed by a Coffee Morning on Thursday with sensory tasting games with different drink; their week’s activities concluded on Friday with a food tasting day.

The group’s Lincoln House Care Home, Swanton Morley, launched its new Breakfast Club on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as a new Chat Café. They also selected their own theme days for the week: Milky Monday, Tea Tuesday, Water Wednesday, Tasting Thursday and Fruity Friday.

Wyndham House Care Home in Kings Lynn held similar theme days to Lincoln House, ending the week with Fruit Lolly Weekend.

The Woking and Sam Beare Hospices in Surrey held a number of events and activities: Monday saw Cooking on Prescription with Dr Eleni, one of their Palliative Care Consultants and resident nutritional expert who made ‘Hippocrates Healing Soup’ with the hospice day unit patients; on Tuesday baking ‘Joy Biscuits’ in the Wellbeing Centre was followed by a lunchtime learning session on dysphagia and the use of thickened fluids by the Education Team; Wednesday saw the promotion of the e-learning module from Royal College of Nursing on Nutrition & Hydration at End of Life; Thursday’s Palliative Life State and Nutrition Tool (PLANT) Study Day with Dr Eleni was a half-day session for hospice staff and partner organisations; and the week concluded on Friday with Sugar Swap Day – healthy juices and fruit loaf expertly blended and baked by the kitchen team were given away.

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