Medirest, Compass Group’s healthcare division, has launched blue plates and specialised finger food options for people living with dementia.
The new range follows the roll-out of Medirest’s Dignified Dining toolkit last year, an initiative with the Alzheimer’s Society, which targeted patients in hospitals and care homes with tailored nutritional care.
Steven Cenci, managing director of Healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “The launch of the blue plate range and finger-food menus will go a long way in supporting those living with dementia to remain healthy.
“Managing the food provision of people with dementia is crucial to their wellbeing and we aim to continue with our work in providing exceptional nutritional care for people affected by the condition through introducing different coloured plates and finger-food options as part of our Steamplicity offer.”
Research shows that the use of a bright, contrasting colour plate helps people see their food more easily and encourages people with dementia to eat more to maintain a balanced diet.
In addition to this, the new finger-food options include food which people living with the condition may find easier to eat with their hands, from a range of hot food, salads, sandwiches to healthy dessert options.
Kathryn Smith, director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Eating and drinking can become an issue for people living with dementia and this can lead to severe weight loss and dehydration.
“The launch of the blue plates will encourage people with dementia who have difficulties with sight and perception to differentiate between their food and crockery. The finger-food menu is a great way to further support their nutritional needs through offering food they find easy to eat with their hands.”