Care homes mark Nutrition and Hydration Week 2022

Care homes shared initiatives, ideas and best practice to mark Nutrition and Hydration Week 2022.

Care homes across the globe celebrated the growing Nutrition and Hydration Week, sharing best practice when it comes to food and drink for residents.

Runwood Homes' Jubilee Court, in Hucknall, Nottingham, marked the week with a refreshment stall. Fresh fruits, milkshakes, fresh cream, fruit juice, cream cakes and more snacks were all on offer and the residents enjoyed helping themselves.

At The Grange, in Wickford, Essex, the team introduced a new breakfast initiative, where residents are able to make suggestions on the different kind of breakfast options they would like to see. So far, residents have enjoyed plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurts, fresh milkshakes, egg on toast and a selection of cereals.

In Thaxted, Humfrey Lodge residents had fun making their own healthy egg muffins, and later enjoyed a food and drink quiz and chatting about the importance of a balanced diet. Residents at Heron Court, in Brentwood, enjoy taking a quiet moment with a refreshing drink, which they can help themselves to from their hydration station.

A spokesperson from Runwood Homes said: “Taking part in such initiatives are a great way to encourage teams within homes to further enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of residents. It is fantastic to see the different ways homes have taken part this week, to mark the importance of nutrition and hydration. The ideas created this week will continue to be embedded into the home and will become a standard practice.”

Elsewhere, NESCAFÉ Original held an interactive care morning on Thursday, where the business, as well as Andy Jones, chair of the PSC100 Group and co-founder of the week, spoke to providers about the importance of hydration. A mindfulness expert took residents through different exercises to improve their wellbeing, before a live music session.

In a Twitter video message, Jones thanked those who took part, saying "you made a difference to everybody you serve". He said the initiative had been shared as far afield as India, Tasmania, Peru, Mexico and Canada.

"Thank you all, we know this is a difficult time, we're still in this global pandemic, but my goodness me you've blown us away yet again with the fantastic work that you do," he said. "I know you are making a difference every day. The week's just about showcasing what you're doing, it's not about just the week and then forgetting it. So thank you everybody and remember, we need to work together with our suppliers."

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