Meals

All our food is home cooked in our state of the art kitchen.  We have a choice of dining rooms for Residents to enjoy their meals in a social setting.  Or if they prefer or need, Residents can also eat in their rooms.  Assistance with meals is given where appropriate and food and liquid intake are carefullly monitored to ensure a good level of nutrition is maintained by each person.  Special diets are fully catered for and we always ensure there is plenty of choice.

We believe good food and drink has a big part to play in keeping people well and understand the dietary needs of frail elderly people who sometimes find eating a struggle.  Often medication dulls the appetite and can cause unpleasant side effects so we always provide each person with nutritious food that they can enjoy.  If chewing and swallowing become too difficult then we can provide soft options and help with eating as necessary.  We are also able to provide PEG feeding where these diets are required.

 

As with any home, our kitchen is an integral part of life at Castle Hill House.  We are very proud of our completely brand new large kitchen with all new equipment.  Our trained Cooks and the rest of our catering team takes great pride in providing home cooked nutritious and varied meals, using fresh produce and high quality ingredients.

We use local butchers, dairymen and greengrocers for our fresh produce and source goods from local suppliers where possible.  Vegetarian dishes and special dietary needs are always catered for as are peoples likes and dislikes. 

 

Breakfast is either continental or cooked and can be ordered each day depending on what people fancy.  Lunch involves a special hot choice and dessert and supper involves at least 4 menu choices from which one or all can be chosen.  We also offer a room service menu which has another range of options of savoury and sweet food, drinks and snacks which can be had at any time as well as during the main meal times.  We review our menu regularly and less popular items are reviewed and changed as required.  The Cooks like to get to know the Residents so they can give them the food they want and like, ideas are always welcomed.

 

We do monitor clients intake of food and drink.  Hydration is very important with elderly people and we weigh Residents regularly to ensure they are not becoming underweight due to lack of nutrition.  If Residents start to struggle with food then we can seek help from Nutritionists if required and supplement food to ensure a good intake is being made.  Relatives and friends can help us with this process - they often know which treats or snacks will encourage the resident to start eating again if they have lost their appetite.