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Food, Fun and Friendship at Care South

Care South’s care homes are not just places to live, they are homes where our residents can enjoy life with peace of mind, in a supported and social way. We focus on the importance of the three Fs – Food, Fun and Friends…

Food

There’s nothing better than a quality home-cooked meal, Care South’s care homes aren’t about fancy Michelin-starred meals every day with 10-course menus and caviar – rather, our chefs cook fresh, quality meals that look great, taste even better, and are based on what our residents would like.

We also focus on the overall dining experience in our homes as meals are more than just the food on the plate – they bring people together. Want to catch-up with friends over a Sunday roast? Not a problem. Rather eat breakfast in your room? That’s OK with us. Feeling peckish? Just ask the chef and they can whip up an afternoon tea or some snacks.

Good nutrition and hydration are important parts of the care we provide, which is why we provide homely and enjoyable food that supports the health and wellbeing of residents. We talk to residents before creating flexible menus around their likes and needs, working within any special dietary requirements. Many relatives often express their delighted when they see their frail loved ones looking healthier after some time at one of our care homes, with comments such as:

“It’s a really nice touch that every afternoon the residents get a hot drink and freshly made cake gives the home a nice social touch.”

“The food is excellent, beautifully cooked and presented very nicely.”

Click here to find out more about our chefs and their favourite meals.

Fun

Our care homes are not just places to live out your later years – they are places to enjoy life with support on-hand and peace of mind that everything is being taken care of. That’s why fun is so important to us and our carers.

We put our residents at the heart of everything we do, and know that no two are the same. We get to know residents and their life stories, hobbies and interests, helping us to create events around their likes.

And like our residents, no two days are the same in our care homes. Our activities teams promote variety in their engaging activities programme, whether it’s a pamper day in the salon, reliving cherished memories and getting active, or welcoming special guests, entertainers and performers.

You may even want to lower the pace and spend an afternoon in the sunshine, reading a good book with a slice of homemade cake and a cup of tea. While we put together activities schedules to provide structure and something for residents to look forward to, we are also flexible around you – after all, it’s your home and your life.

“There is a lovely, friendly atmosphere with all the staff offering cheerful and professional care. In particular, the activities co-ordinators are brilliant and arrange a wide variety of entertainment opportunities for the residents.”

Friends

Loneliness can be issue for many people as they get older and become less mobile and active, leading to struggles with mental and physical health decline. According to charity Age UK, there are 1.4million chronically lonely older people, and this has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 restrictions imposed nationally.

One of the advantages of moving into a care home is that we can support residents to come out of their shell and forge meaning relationship in their new home. Activities and meal times promote socialising in communal rooms that have been designed to support residents and their needs. That might include group games, exploring shared interests, or using reminiscence and experiences to building connections with both fellow residents and staff.

Developing these friendships is especially important for people living with dementia. This is why we put a particular focus on training staff around the condition and use technologies such as the Tovertafel ‘Magic Table’ and Daily Sparkle. These tools and techniques help residents living with dementia feel more engaged and sociable.

However, we also know that there are times when people want to have a bit of peace and relaxation, which is why our care homes have peaceful sensory rooms and large grounds.

“Every effort is made to promote a community feel with outings and in house events to stimulate and entertain.”

“It is great to find mum sitting with others and there are days when she joins in the activities. She is part of the home and has a much better quality of life.”

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