Bespoke menus and fresh quality ingredients are improving the appetite and health of residents at a luxury care home in London.

Chelsea Court Place, which welcomed its first residents in November, is finding people who previously ate very little or relied on soft foods and shakes are eating whole foods again.

Executive chef Matt Dodge said: “We consider our residents to be part of our family and really take the time to get to know the individual and aspects of their lives which helps us to create exciting meals that are as much of a joy for us to serve as well as they are to eat. Our team at Chelsea Court Place are thoroughly enjoying creating food that is celebrated by the residents.”

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Daily menus at Chelsea Court are created in response to the tastes and preferences and nutritional needs of individual residents.

Lunch is served as the main meal of the day, with day club members and residents able to choose from a selection of three starters, three mains, three desserts and a cheese board.

Aperitifs offered at 5pm have proved extremely popular with day club members and residents also offered a glass of wine or gin & tonic before a light evening meal.

Ingredients are sourced from local organic suppliers with all meals accompanied with vegetables and salad. A 24 hour cafe serves fresh coffee, tea, fruit and snacks.

General manager Christine Valentine-Bunce added: “We are dedicated in delivering the very best personal care that truly makes a difference to residents and their families and love nothing more than seeing happiness generated through their meals.

“As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia progress, nutrition becomes more complex but also vital to the individual, so it’s imperative that residents have strong bonds and relationships with the hospitality team and satisfaction from the food that is served.”

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