The Dementia Mealtime Challenge - Are you up for it?

We may not have the grandest stand and we definitely don’t have the biggest marketing and merchandising budget, so it was particularly lovely to get great feedback, when a lady who visited our stand at the NACC National Association of Care Caterings Training and Development Forum from last week gave us her prize for the’ Best Stand of the Day.’

When we attend exhibitions, our aim is to always make our stand look attractive and colourful with lots of interesting things for people to come and see, touch and feel, and we generally find that we are one of the busiest stands at events. Our team make every effort to engage with visitors and will always greet everyone with a warm smile and a ‘hello!’

We also like to do things slightly differently and so at the NACC Forum last week we launched our Dementia Mealtime Challenge. This is an initiative designed to get people thinking about how they serve their residents at mealtimes, and how that impacts on their mealtime experience, and ultimately their nutrition levels and overall wellbeing.

 

Hcsuk stand at the recent NACC Training and Development Forum.

We also like to do things slightly differently and so at the NACC Forum last week we launched our Dementia Mealtime Challenge. This is an initiative designed to get people thinking about how they serve their residents at mealtimes, and how that impacts on their mealtime experience, and ultimately their nutrition levels and overall wellbeing.

We set up two mealtime place settings on our stand, one which was deliberately not Dementia friendly and the other designed to be Dementia enabling. We then invited people to come along and take our challenge to identify the differences between the two place settings and how this would affect the mealtime experience of a person living with a Dementia.   It was, by design, a very visual challenge which really gets people to think about how they set their tables at mealtimes and look objectively with a fresh pair of eyes at a place setting and what impact it can have.

We had some delegates that were really up for taking part in this challenge and we actually ended up with a list of differences that was longer than I had originally observed, so it was great to get other peoples’ views, ideas and thoughts as to how to dress a table and a place setting to help people with a Dementia to eat better.

You can view the full range of products to help achieve dignified dining here including product solutions for eating and drinking, like the cutlery and plates shown above and even signage to help better dining room recognition. 

We have a range of ways we can help you including our interactive workshop ‘How to help people with a Dementia to dine with dignity and eat better’ and our unique Dignified Dining Solutions Guide. To book the workshop please give us a call on 01773 713 713 now.

If you are interested in learning new ways to help people with a Dementia to eat better, please contact Beckie on [email protected]

Are you up for the Dementia mealtime challenge?

A selection of some of the tools we provide to help dining be a better experience for those with a dementia (and our famous fluffy pens!)
A view of the full Hcsuk stand at the recent NACC Training and Development forum showing the food moulds and reminiscence image too. 
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