They’re not just elderly, your customers are individuals each with their own set of religious and health needs. Let’s take a look at how you can meet their needs.
Help your customers make informed meal choices by marking Halaal, Kosher and pork-free dishes and meals which contain potential allergens (wheat, nuts, dairy etc.).
Your customers will often have health conditions that make it difficult to chew. That’s why you need to ensure that you’re serving some food options that are soft and easy to digest.
The older people get, the less active they are and the more age-related conditions they have. They need healthy meals with fewer calories.
Life in an Aged Care residence can be bland, but that doesn’t mean meal time has to be! Plan themed days and serve sweet treats to give your customers something to look forward to.
You serve the same customers every day. It’s important to keep your menu exciting and flavourful while still meeting their health and religious needs and offering a balanced diet that meets the health needs of the aged. Let’s look at how you can keep your senior citizens happy, healthy and satisfied.
A WINNING MENU IS KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS!
Here are 3 points to consider when planning your canteen menu:
Our senses of taste and smell diminish as we age, so focusing on flavour can really boost how much Aged Care residents eat. They love well-seasoned, delicious flavours. Bland, tasteless or overcooked food usually gets left on the plate, uneaten.
Attention to detail in creating dishes and plating with an eye for visual appeal, will create interest for your customers who live relatively routine lives and often have poor appetites. Add colour and flair and watch those plates empty!
- DIETARY NEEDS
Your menu should be planned with the facility’s dietician to ensure it meets the daily needs of your customers. They also may have specific health or religious dietary needs you need to plan for.
You want your business to run at a profit, but you need to balance this with the need to create interesting, delicious meals that stimulate your customers appetites.
LISTEN AND WATCH
Minimising wastage is a key part of running any profitable kitchen. So, it helps to speak to the people who will be eating your food – find out what they like and what’s important to them to help plan an economical but interesting menu.
Local and seasonal ingredients are easily available and abundant, so they’re much more cost effective, and they’re generally fresher and tastier for your residents too.
Generally Aged Care residents prefer a softer diet that is easier to chew and swallow. Meeting this need through your menu choices will help reduce wastage. Of course, your team will have pay attention to plating these menu items, so they look appetising.