Initiative to help dementia patients

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St John’s Care Home, Spalding has recently rolled out a new initiative in order to deliver high levels of nutrition to its residents.

The Foodbox has been developed by Country Court Care, in conjunction with their catering partner Elior UK, following the results of a recent Alzeimer’s Society project called ‘Food for Thought’.

The study found that using finger foods in place of traditional meals can prolong a person’s independence and stimulate them to eat more frequently.

Home Manager, Sharon Neve said: “Achieving a balanced diet for people with dementia is often challenging, especially as their condition progresses.

“Finger foods help to maintain independence and self-esteem at mealtimes as the person does not have to rely on assistance from another person to eat.

“This is important as it helps to preserve dignity and confidence. “

The Foodbox carries two simple golden rules: Two bites and its gone and no resident goes to bed hungry.

Finger food will be available at any time, so the resident is not tied to conventional meal times and eating habits and levels of consumption can be closely measured against what they are eating.