Nutrition

Eating for well being matters for everyone but it's particularly important in older people and those with dementia, that's why at Unity Homes we promote healthy eating as part of our residents programme.

We define ‘eating well’ as ensuring our residents have the right amounts of calories for energy and nutrients including protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals to maintain the body’s processes and to keep healthy.

The risks of a poor diet can significantly reduce health and have a negative effect on a quality of life which is why we make it a priority to make sure our residents have a varied and nutritionally balanced diet. It’s important to ensure we provide a variety of different foods and our freshly prepared nutritionally balanced menu follows a three week cycle. We provide alternatives for our residents individual likes and dislikes and for any particular dietary or cultural requirements

  • We encourage our residents to share meal times by eating in the dining room, although residents can of course eat their meals in their rooms if they prefer.

  • We understand that dementia can have an effect on appetite and the way a person eats so we use specialist approaches to stimulate appetite and maintain eating patterns.
  • We allow for flexibility in the way our residents wish to eat.

  • We ensure our residents have all the nutrients required and understand that it’s vital to particularly include those that older people tend to have too little of such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Folate, Iron and Zinc.
  • We understand that some medicines have side effects that alter appetite and eating patterns and structure nutritional programmes that take this into consideration.

 

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Unity Homes Ltd
1 Murray Street
Salford
M7 2DX