Improving care in nursing and residential homes

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Food for Life project to improve health and wellbeing in Care Home

We joined forces with the Soil Association to help 12 local care homes to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents through an increased focus on providing good food and positive interaction over food and mealtimes that help to improve mobility, maintain independence and provide good nutrition and hydration.
The project is one of three national pilots in the Soil Association’s Food for Life, Better Care programme funded by the Big Lottery to make Britain healthier through food.
The care homes will also be supported to forge closer links with the wider community, including local schools, where care home residents might join pupils to share meals and spend time together.
The project in an outcome of Experience Led Commissioning research undertaken in 2016. The research undertaken with care home staff, residents, family and health professional identified some key actions to improve care home living. These actions would help residents to stay more mobile, to support wellbeing and create more varied activities for them to enjoy. We are now working with the Soil Association to take forward those actions as part of the pilot, to test out and evaluate new ways of doing things in care homes that will improve how residents and staff feel.