In 2012 Premier Foods began its journey to launch a ground-breaking new Healthcare Solutions Programme which reappraised the catering offer across the industry to ensure the nutritional needs of care home residents were being met. The programme initially focused on diets required for dysphagia, but momentum has gathered and solutions have now been developed for dementia and diabetes sufferers. The programme has included a mix of practical training, workshops, on-going advice and support to the industry, along with its Dysphagia Chef of the Year Competition – a first for the industry celebrating and showcasing the skills of chefs working in this specialist area.
Premier Foods has already run over 100 training courses since the initial launch of its Healthcare Solutions Programme with group care home operators, NHS trusts, local authorities, independent businesses and individual caterers. The team has made progress in demystifying these often misunderstood conditions, and continues to work collaboratively with the industry to understand the real time challenges caterers face through all stages of the supply chain ensuring its solutions always deliver a fresh and inspiring approach.
Care Catering Solutions Guide
Premier Foods is continuing its journey with its brand new Care Catering Solutions Guide, launched at the NACC Training & Development Forum to help equip care caterers with practical solutions to help ensure dignity in dining for residents.
With the day-to-day challenges of managing budgets, meeting the requirements of a varying range of dietary needs, all whilst ensuring a safe and welcoming dining environment, there is a real need for brands and menu solutions that caterers can rely on. With an ageing population and the increasing prevalence of conditions such as dysphagia, dementia and diabetes posing additional challenges to caterers, Premier Foods’ experienced culinary team has developed solutions with the needs of care caterers in mind.
Within the guide, caterers will find new texture modified recipes and supporting dietary guidance to help deliver a nutritious and varied diet for individuals with dysphagia. The recipes are cost-effective, using ingredients and equipment that can be found in the average care home kitchen, making it as easy as possible to meet this need. Caterers will also find practical advice around mealtimes for individuals with dementia and diabetes, in addition to recipe ideas and product recommendations. Premier Foods has also provided allergen information and top tips to help caterers comply with the Food Information Regulations (FIR).