We know that care home catering can be challenging and that’s why we’re here to support you with fortified products, recipe inspiration and menu ideas. We are proud to be a Premier Partner to the National Association of Care Catering.
Food and nutrition is one of the top factors family and friends consider when choosing a care home for loved ones. Our recently commissioned research has showed that:
A growing market
The UK market for Care Homes for Older People is estimated to be worth £16.9 billion in the year to March 2018, which represents nominal growth of approximately 3% with respect to the previous year.
Laing Buisson Care Homes for Older People UK Market Report (Twenty ninth edition)
Around 1 in 3 patients are admitted to acute care will be malnourished or at risk of becoming so, and 35% of individuals admitted to care homes will also be affected.**
**NHS England Guidance
Food is important
Our specially commissioned research shows that 85% of people with a relative in care felt that the food offering was important and influenced their choice of home for their loved one.***
We have recently introduced our Simply Puree range which provides you with a great, ready to serve solution to catering for residents with dysphagia. This range complies with IDDSI standards and covers a wide range of meal options. Click here to find out more.
Care Home Caterer’s Handbook
We have a guide to care home catering to give you lots of inspiration to serve up delicious meals for your residents. With recipe ideas and quick tips on how to cater for different requirements, it also feature key products for the care home sector and a sample menu cycle.
Care home recipe book
Our development chefs have been busy creating a four weekly menu cycle with supporting fortified recipes suitable for care homes. They include full nutritional information plus allergens – take a look at the examples below, and contact your account manager for more options!
Catering with Care
Our complete guide to catering for residents with nutritional, clinical or cultural requirements is available to our customers.
This document focuses on supporting the specialist catering required for residents with dysphagia, dementia, chronic kidney disease and many more as well as providing general catering guidance for elderly residents. Please speak to your account manager directly for more information.
Catering for specialist diets
We understand that your residents have specialist dietary requirements and we have a range of products to help you cater for sufferers of dysphagia. Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. It is broadly estimated to affect 8% of the general population*, with a large number of care residents suffering from this condition. Implementation of the IDDSI Framework in care homes will be mandatory by April 2019. View our guide to catering for dysphagia sufferers including information on the new standards for food (liquidised/moderately thick, pureed, minced and moist, soft and bite sized)
Just under 50% of consumers report that they, or someone in their household, avoid at least one food or ingredient. *Mintel Free-From Foods UK 2018
Our team of experts at the Bidfood Advice Centre are available for all your units to answer any question about our products.
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. It is broadly estimated to affect 8% of the general population*, with a large number of care residents suffering from this condition. Implementation of the IDDSI Framework in care homes will be mandatory by April 2019. View our guide to food catering for dysphagia sufferers including information on the new standards here.
Dementia currently affects over 850,000 people in the UK, with this number set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.** During this difficult time for a patient, it is important to help them retain their dignity where possible. Finger foods are an ideal solution to help residents maintain their independence and daily routine at meal times.