Our approach to mealtimes
Mealtimes are important. A social occasion, they are the chance to interact with other members of the home.
Residents are encouraged to eat in the dining room but can choose to eat in their own room if they wish. If they would like company for meals, then family and friends may be invited (with prior arrangement) and there is a small charge for this service.
Through the day our meals are Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Supper. The main meal of the day is at lunchtime, with lighter options for supper.
What if I’m just not hungry?
Naturally, there will be some days when you are ravenous and others when we have no appetite at all. On days when residents don’t feel like eating much, there is always a lighter option. Likewise, if they feel hungry outside of mealtimes residents can request a snack. We provide a wide variety of beverages from tea, coffee and juices throughout the day.
It is important that celebrations such as birthdays are celebrated. On these occasions we have a small gathering, share cake and a drink. This is dictated by each resident and how they choose to celebrate. Sometimes we might just decide that afternoon tea in the garden would be a nice idea or a gathering in the lounge. Relatives are always welcome to join us on these occasions.
Gluten free, allergies, vegetarian. Whatever your dietary requirements they can be met, they are part of our daily life and the kitchen staff have received specific training regarding all special diets they could possibly be asked to prepare for. Our chef is a qualified Nutritionalist and can advise on requirements as they arise. It is a matter of course that our chef visits new residents on arrival. This is mainly to discuss dietary needs, but it helps to establish likes and dislikes and understand individual tastes too.
Why Food is 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 – becomes even more relevant. As the body gets older, it is important that we have the right nutrition to keep our energy levels up and help our 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 intolerance 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.
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
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
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
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