Nellsar Chef Masterclass October 2021

This month Adrian Silaghi and I held our first Masterclass since before the pandemic. We adapted to the ‘new normal’ by holding the Masterclass on Zoom, rather than all the participants meeting in person as usual.

Our Masterclass topics were;

  • Fortification and Malnutrition – adding calories in a person-centred way.
  • Diabetes in care – person-centred support.
  • Clinical to catering communication.
  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) – updates and review.

We had a lovely group of Chefs in attendance and our Nourishment and Social Wellness Coordinator from Lulworth House, Katja, also joined.

The first part of the session was focused on malnutrition and fortification, which is an important topic in care. We looked at individual meal planning, adding in extra calories to a person’s diet, 100 calorie boosters, fortified shakes, mousses and recipes, as well as fortifying for dysphagia and how to support a person who requires a dairy-free fortified diet.

I then moved onto discussing Diabetes. When catering for a diabetic resident in care, it is important to support the individual and acknowledge that each person is different. Some people are insulin controlled, whilst some are pre-diabetic or Type 2 without the need for drugs or insulin.

Food preferences and communication with Nurses and clinical teams help us to know how best to support a person and to know if it’s ok to offer a small piece of a ‘regular’/full sugar food or to encourage a low carb option.

After a well-deserved tea break, Adrian then took over the Masterclass and discussed the new ‘T card’ coloured coded system that we are currently implementing in our Homes to ensure a quick and easy way for Chefs to see the special diets of each resident.

Adrian then concluded with a presentation on the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), reviewing all the updates and inviting a Q&A for everyone to share as a group and query anything they needed to with Adrian or myself.

The Masterclass was a great success, providing valuable information and updates to our Teams, with the opportunity to share knowledge and questions.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

 

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Nellsar has 13 Care Homes throughout Kent, Surrey and Essex

Care Home in Bromley

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home in Maidstone

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Care Home in Dartford

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal, Kent

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home Surrey

Princess Christian Care Home
SURREY

Silverpoint Court Residential
Care Home ESSEX

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

The Old Downs Care Home in Dartford

The Old Downs Residential
Care Home DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential
Care Home MAIDSTONE

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential
Care Home SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home Staplehurst Kent

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Bromley Park Care Home
BROMLEY

Care Home in Bromley

Meyer House Care Home
DARTFORD

Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

The Old Downs Residential Care Home
DARTFORD

St Winifreds Care Home
DEAL

St Winifreds Care Home in Deal Kent

Loose Valley Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lukestone Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Residential Care Home
MAIDSTONE

Lulworth House Care Home in Maidstone

Hengist Field Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Woodstock Residential Care Home
SITTINGBOURNE

Abbotsleigh Care Home
STAPLEHURST

Princess Christian Care Home
WOKING

Silverpoint Court Residential Care Home
CANVEY ISLAND