Our approach to mealtimes
Mealtimes are important social occasions and are a chance to form and nurture relationships with other members of the home
We encourage residents to eat in the dining room but they can also choose to eat in their own room if they wish. Residents are welcome to invite guests from outside the home for meals too. With a little notice, family and friends may be invited for mealtimes (there is a small charge for this service).
We serve 4 meals through the day; Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Supper. The main meal of the day is served at lunchtime, with lighter options for supper.
Not hungry at mealtime?
Naturally, there will be some days when individual residents are ravenous and others when they have no appetite at all. On days when residents don’t feel like eating much, there is always a lighter option available to them. Likewise, if they feel hungry outside of mealtimes residents can request a snack. Tea, coffee and juices are available to all residents throughout the day.
It is important that special occasions such as birthdays are celebrated in a way that feels appropriate to the resident. Often on these occasions we have a small gathering, share cake and a drink, but the exact format is decided by each resident and how they choose to celebrate. From time to time we will also take advantage of good weather to enjoy afternoon tea in the garden or plan a gathering in the lounge. When we do this, relatives are always welcome to join us.
Special dietary requirements are common throughout life, even more so in old age, so they’re a normal part of our daily life in the kitchen at Marie Louise House. Whether to meet religious, lifestyle or medical needs, our staff have received specific training regarding all special diets they could possibly be asked to prepare for. In addition, our chef is a qualified nutritionist and can provide advice on meeting special clinical needs as they arise.
Every new resident at Marie Louise House has a one to one visits from our chef around the time of their arrival. The conversations between chef and residents are mainly to discuss dietary needs, but they also help to establish likes and dislikes and understand individual tastes that might inform menus as they’re developed too.
Why is food so important at Marie Louise House?
Food and meal times are important to everyone, throughout our lives. When you live in a care home, diet – as well as the ritual of eating – become even more important in maintaining an active and healthy mind and body. As the body gets older, it is important to have the right nutrition to keep energy levels up and help the body to function. Plus, good food generally makes us feel happy, healthy and satisfied.
That’s why we treat food as more than a daily chore. We employ a qualified chef to devise a tasty and nutritious menu. All residents get a choice at each mealtime of two hot meals, two cold meals and snacks. Everyone gets asked on a daily basis to make their choice.
Of course, it goes without saying that all food is cooked from fresh daily. Our kitchens are immaculate. Our staff well trained.
We are well aware of food allergies and intolerances and make allowances for these in our menus. Chef makes sure she has regular contact with residents and relatives to ensure that there is regular feedback and any concerns are picked up early. Food served at Marie Louse House is often complimented and rarely complained about. However, if this happens the complaint is addressed immediately.
Marie Louise House offers a wide choice of meals to meet individual tastes and nutritional needs. Special diets can also be catered for. Tea, coffee and other hot drinks are served and are available 24 hours a day.
A typical breakfast
Just because someone moves into the care home, it doesn’t mean they need to change their routine. In fact, it’s important that we keep things as close to normal as possible. That’s why breakfast takes place throughout the morning. Whether residents would like bacon and eggs every day, or simply cereal and juice, we have the breakfast for everyone. Of course, if there are any special requests, we will always try to cater for them.
A typical breakfast selection:
Selection of cereals
Cooked breakfast (on request)
Selection of fruit juices
Toast & butter with a choice of spread
Tea or coffee
A typical lunch
Lunch is our main meal of the day. There is usually a menu of two or three items for the residents to choose from, including a main course and dessert. However, if nothing on the menu appeals then our kitchen staff are happy to prepare simple alternatives or lighter options.
A Typical lunch menu
Homemade Steak & Mushroom Pie
Minted new potatoes
Pineapple upside down pudding
Fresh fruit salad
Choice of drinks
A typical afternoon tea
Very much a casual affair. Afternoon tea is often taken outside in nice weather or in the room where activities have been taking place.
Afternoon tea selection:
A selection of homemade cakes (Birthday cake if on a resident’s birthday)
A selection of hot and cold drinks
A typical supper menu selection
We tend to find that our residents are less hungry towards the end of the day. This is why supper is typically a lighter menu. Served after five o’clock it can consist of everything from homemade soup and a selection of sandwiches to salads, pastries and lighter bites.
A Typical Supper Menu Selection:
Homemade cream of leek & potato soup
Selection of fresh sandwiches
Choice of drinks