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HEALTHCARE & HOSPITAL FACILITIES


DIGNIFIED DINING


Steven Cenci, Managing Director of Healthcare, Compass Group UK & Ireland, discusses the importance of correct catering services in caring for Dementia and Alzheimers patients.


At Medirest, our focus is to consistently provide professional, high-quality catering, retail, cleaning and support services to our customers and clients. Our teams work around the clock to deliver the highest standard of service on behalf of 30 NHS Trusts, over 50 acute hospitals as well as a number of medical treatment centres, and as part of this, we always keep the requirements of our patients at the heart of what we offer.


As a business, we always work with our clients in delivering quality patient care and in the past year we have focused on further developing our offer to really meet the needs of the patients we serve across the board. This includes commissioning


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a patient-centered health report, tailoring our catering options to meet individual needs, as well as launching initiatives to better support people living with dementia.


SUPPORTING PATIENTS


WITH DEMENTIA Dementia is a global issue affecting around 46million people worldwide. People living with dementia have a lower self-reported quality of life than both the population as a whole and those aged over 65, which unfortunately gets progressively worse as the severity of the condition develops.


Residents and patients living with dementia can often develop conditions that prevent them from


eating and drinking adequately at mealtimes, increasing the risk of dehydration, weight loss, and vulnerability to infection. As a leading catering provider to care homes and hospitals we wanted to develop a best-practice-based approach to support those individuals to meet their nutritional needs.


Last year, we launched our ‘Dignified Dining’ toolkit in over 60 care homes and hospitals, to provide exceptional nutritional care to people living with dementia. The toolkit, which focuses on food, service and environment, outlines ten key nutritional guidelines, enabling residents and patients living with dementia to be given more personalised and specialist support in relation to their food provision.


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