Behind the Scenes – Aged Care Food and Dining
Food is an incredibly powerful and emotive topic for people. Food touches on many areas of our lives, experiences and memories and, for many cultures, is at the heart of how we socialise and celebrate with friends and family.
Food and dining is also deeply connected to wellbeing and for people who are unwell or frail, food is something that can still bring great comfort, enjoyment, opportunities to socialise and of course, improve nutrition, health and wellbeing.
For many people moving into residential aged care, no longer cooking at home for themselves or a loved one is a huge change to daily routine and something that may have been part of their life for many years. Many aged care homes offer cooking programs to enable and continue to support residents to partake in things that are meaningful to them – like May’s memory of making Lamingtons for her husband and kids many years ago.
Similarly, while the talented teams of chefs, cooks and catering staff in many homes produce tasty, nutritious meals that meet the needs of many dietary requirements and preferences, we understand that the this is not quite the same as eating a home-cooked meal for two.
passionate about creating great experiences and understand that meal times are one that many residents in aged care look forward to.
As Alex shares in the video below, the team of chefs and support staff are passionate about creating great experiences and understand that meal times are one that many residents in aged care look forward to. Great food isn’t just about the day-to-day, its also about creating extra special dining experiences on special days like wedding anniversaries and Christmas to truly understanding and getting to know what residents like, and even recreating their favourite family recipes like award-winning Anzac biscuits.
Changing perceptions about aged care food and dining is important to us and we’d like to share the journey from kitchen to plate in some of our aged care home kitchens with you.
Using fresh, great quality and seasonal local ingredients to produce tasty, nutritious meals is something our catering team take great pride in so we’re taking you behind the scenes in our kitchen to share the journey of creating a delicious meal for our residents.