Food trends in aged care
As baby boomers begin to enter care centres, food is one of the most important ways in which aged care providers can ensure their residents are kept satisfied and healthy. There has been a steady increase in demand for well-prepared, nutritious food, which means it’s only in the best interests of aged care providers to take their food offering seriously. Here’s a brief breakdown of the changing face of aged care food.
- A varied menu that addresses the nutritional needs of ageing bodies.
Gone are the days where it was acceptable to serve cheap processed foods, such as devon or frankfurts. Now, the emphasis is on quality and variety, so it’s important to source a wide range of quality, fresh produce in order to serve up a delicious and healthy menu.
- Take control
So care providers have ultimate control over the final product of the food, it’s best to prepare and serve meals in house. This way, there will be no surprises when it comes to food quality, taste etc, and residents can know that they’ll always be getting good food.
- While residents from the older generations still prefer a traditional menu with roast on Sunday, as time goes on, those who have had a much wider experience of different foods will be the residents in care. These people would have experienced different cuisines as a result of Australia’s growing cultural diversity, and in turn would welcome a mixture of food types over the course of the week.
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