Leading care home meals provider apetito has launched its new Finger Food Bites range.
Finger Food Bites is designed to change the way care homes plan their strategic menus and enable them to provide a positive, inclusive, dining experience for residents who are living with dementia.
For the very first time, residents that live with dementia or co-ordination difficulties can feed themselves nutritionally balanced meals in one bite without having to struggle to manipulate cutlery. Finger Foods Bites allow residents the freedom to pick up and put down a complete hot meal with no mess and with minimal residue left on fingers. Furthermore, Finger Food Bites can be enjoyed whilst sitting down, or if a resident is ‘on the move’.
The range features 12 dishes including 6 Finger Food Bite and 6 Classic Finger Foods. Finger Food Bites includes Chicken and Mushroom Casserole, Ham and Leek, Chicken tikka, Sausage Casserole, Salmon Supreme and Veggie Bolognaise. The 6 Classic Finger Foods are Chicken Goujons, Fish Goujons, Chicken Fillets & Stuffing, Pork Meatballs, Chipolatas and Omelettes.
Importantly, care homes can choose from a selection which includes plant-based meals as well as healthier choice and gluten free.
Calling on its 60 years’ experience of ‘making mealtimes matter’, apetito, which partners with over 600 care homes across the nation, says the new range was many years in the making.
Care Homes Divisional Lead for apetito, Richard Woodward, explains: “Our development chefs embraced world leading technology to ensure the quality of the meals met our high standards of taste, texture and flavours and in this respect, the team has truly ‘led the way’.
“The elements of Finger Food Bites are cleverly designed and created so they melt in the mouth. Each ‘Bite’ encapsulates the flavours of a traditional meal and for the very first time, this innovative new range will allow residents living with dementia to enjoy feeding themselves, with no mess and with tasty meal options. It’s a real game-changer for care homes and their residents.
“We’re hugely excited by the range and see this as a key part of a nutritional strategy for a care home to overcome difficulties using cutlery and delay the need for assisted feeding.”
To find out more about Finger Foods Bite and how this range can add strategic value to mealtimes in your care home, Care Home Meals & Dining Services | Tailored to You | apetito