Food and Nutrition

Food, nutrition and dining at Westgate Healthcare

Food & Nutrition

Food at Westgate Healthcare

Food at Westgate Healthcare is extremely important. Eating the right food to keep healthy and well is essential throughout life, especially as we get older.

Here at Westgate Healthcare, our menus are individually tailored to each of our care homes. Not only are they designed to meet the micro and macro nutritional needs of our residents, but they also suit their preferences.

We know that food in care homes is not only necessary for life, but it’s also a source of great pleasure for residents with important social, cultural and religious purposes. Our experienced care home chefs ensure every meal is delicious and reflects each individual’s likes, dislikes and dietary requirements.

Food and drink has such a personal impact on our residents’ lives; it has the power to bring back memories of childhood, holidays, and times with loved ones. It is therefore our mission to ensure every resident is able to have homely, familiar and enjoyable meals while staying with us.

Additionally, our chefs provide supplementary menus to accompany all meals to ensure our residents have choice, especially if they wish to enjoy something a little lighter or would like something different to our main offering on the day.

Our chefs also create bespoke themed menus throughout the year taking in flavours from around the world.

Daily menus

Our food teams work tirelessly to create menus that are enjoyed by our residents every day. Take a look at an example daily menu here.

Fresh and delicious home-cooked food

Whether it’s a wholesome Sunday roast or an exotic gourmet dish, our chefs ensure every meal is nutritionally balanced and made with fresh, local ingredients. In addition to our home-made meals, a range of snacks and cakes are made available throughout the day for our residents to enjoy.

Westgate Healthcare dining experience

We offer a unique dining experience that enables residents to maintain their independence and dine with dignity.

Our teams make sure our residents have choices that best suit them. We offer plated meal choices, and if one-to-one support is required then a carer will sit with the resident to assist them to enjoy their meal at their own pace.

Flexible meal times ensure our residents eat at times that are natural to them. Smaller meals can be offered throughout the day for residents who struggle to have a full meal in one sitting. We are also able to offer residents adapted cutlery and crockery so they can maintain independence and dignity during meal times.

Whilst residents may choose to dine in their own room, we do encourage them to eat with others in our charming dining areas so they can make the most of the valuable social time. We welcome relatives to join their loved ones for meal times, too.

Many of our homes offer private dining facilities which can be booked for special occasions and events, with bespoke menus available on request.

As part of the Westgate Healthcare Lifestyle Pioneer initiative, we welcome residents to take a leading role at meal times. Whether that is laying the table for lunch or becoming the home’s designated food critic, our residents are encouraged to continue to do the things that bring them joy.

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