The yuletide meal recognised the fantastic help of the Worthing Town Cryers, a group comprised of people living with dementia from West Sussex that Steamplicity consulted with to help further develop a dementia friendly service. This has already seen the development of a number of key initiatives such as the introduction of finger food, which encourages people living with dementia to eat more, and in the New Year, the company will be making further announcements around its dementia friendly meal options.
Originally brought together through the Alzheimer’s Society, who Compass Group recently raised £73,000 for in a year to fund research into dysphagia (difficulties in eating, drinking and swallowing) in people living with dementia, the sessions provided vital feedback for the Steamplicity team to enhance the dementia food offer.
Having adopted their name because of their belief in a local voice on the subject of dementia, the Worthing Town Cryers formed to make the local area more dementia friendly. With a similar ambition to improve the situation for those living with dementia, Compass Group recently launched their Dignified Dining toolkit, which outlines ten nutritional related guidelines to enable residents and patients living with dementia to be given more personalised and specialist support in relation to their food provision.
Steve Cenci, Managing Director – Healthcare at Compass Group UK & Ireland said:
“I am so glad we were able to give something back to the wonderful members of the Worthing Town Cryers who have given their time to supporting others living with dementia. We are committed to supporting those with dementia and recognise the nutritional intake of individuals living with dementia is an essential part of their care.
“The feedback of the Worthing Town Cryers dementia group is already making a real difference to those who live with dementia and has informed a number of new food offers that we have developed over the past few months.”
Tim Wilkins, Service User Involvement Officer – West Sussex, Alzheimer’s Society, was full of praise for the lunch:
"It was an absolutely wonderful event. I never thought a Christmas dinner could be cooked in a microwave a taste so nice. It is also great to see the partnership between Alzheimer’s Society working so well and I look forward to continuing our close work together in the future.”
Using their unique patented steam cooking system, utilised to cook fresh and raw ingredients, Steamplicity provided a festive three course lunch comprising of a starter of cream of tomato soup, roast turkey accompanied with an assortment of vegetables for the main course and a classic Christmas pudding for dessert for 15 people.
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