The Head Chef at Florence House is responsible for, and take pride in offering a balanced, nutritious diet. We use fresh, quality ingredients, to meet all our residents' preferences including any specific dietary requirements. Feedback is always welcomed to ensure the needs of residents are being met and to ensure that menus cover the types of food that residents like.
Every resident is offered a hearty breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon tea and an evening meal. Florence House uses fresh produce rather than frozen (where possible) and our menus are assessed for nutritional validation. The menu is varied and changes weekly and the staff will cater for any special dietary requirements you may have. You will be asked for your meal choice at lunchtime the previous day. If Service Users choose to remain in their own rooms for meals they may do so.
All residents are encouraged to join the community in the dining rooms at mealtimes, however, if you wish your meals can be served in the comfort of your own room. Our staff are well-trained to ensure residents’ individual needs and preferences are understood and catered for. Feedback is always welcome to ensure this continues and that menus cover the types of food that residents like.
Along with all our healthy meals we also have fun with themed suppers , such as;
- Pie and Pint Night
- Fish Supper Evening
- Olde World Foods etc
Other special events we cater for are residents' birthdays. These are always celebrated with a birthday cake and a sing song to help make their day even more special.
To ensure that we meet individual needs, we are committed to producing good quality, appetising meals, with the same high standards for those residents who have smaller appetites but still need an adequate intake of calories and nutrients.
We have been working very hard recently to tailor menus around the preferences of the residents in our care. We understand that this is an ongoing process however we are happy to show you an example of our current menus.
We have a 4 weekly rolling menu cycle, Please select here for a SAMPLE weekly MENU here
At the start of June 2022 we have started to develop daily menus for our residents. Please see below or CLICK HERE for an example of this
Modified Menu textures for those who require modified food and or fluids - known as Dysphagia
We are also able to cater for those who have difficulty eating or swallowing food - known as Dysphagia. This is something we will work closely with various healthcare professionals and specialists to ensure we are offering the correct textures of food and fluids for each person.
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties.
Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can't swallow at all.
Other signs of dysphagia include:
- coughing or choking when drinking or eating
- bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose
- a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest
- persistent drooling of saliva
- being unable to chew food properly
- a gurgly, wet-sounding voice when eating or drinking
Over time, dysphagia can also cause symptoms such as weight loss and repeated chest infections. For more information on Dysphagia please click here.
We follow the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framwork which was founded in 2013 with the goal of developing new international standardised terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages, in all care settings, and all cultures. For more information about the IDDSI Framework please click here.
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