Nutrition and well-being
“We will support care providers by encouraging positive changes that will actively raise the standard of care, each care provider is responsible for listening and acting upon concerns raised which benefits the care being provided. Nightingales Army is here to raise awareness about the concerns that are being expressed and unaddressed”
We promote good quality, healthy food and addressing mental and physical well-being before it becomes detrimental. Care staff and providers are on the go for long hours, often speaking to many individuals, documenting and handing over information, ensuring the safety and well-being of those around them and keeping up with infection control measures. After all this only then does the carer think of themselves. Have they had a drink in the last 6-8 hours? eaten food? Probably not. The carers care for the individuals in need but who cares for the carers? Providing staff with good, healthy, nutritious options to keep them alert active and maintain good concentration is beneficial to their health and well-being and will be reflected in their work and productivity.
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Apetito - Hot Meals on Wheels
“Apetito are the West Sussex County Councils Meals on Wheels Service delivering hot meals directly to our clients door 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”
The service is a two or three course hot nutritious meal delivered at lunchtime by our local friendly drivers. We offer a varied selection of nutritious soups, main meals and desserts to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Our menus include a range of dishes from low fat, low salt to gluten free or reduced sugars to vegetarian and vegan. We also cater for a range of specialist diet needs through our award winning Texture Modified Meals.
- As well as a two or three course lunch, for a small additional charge clients can also order a tea time pack to be delivered along with their hot meal. This includes a sandwich, cake and piece of fruit and can be enjoyed as an evening meal.
- Apetito helps to support those who are vulnerable and elderly in the community by promoting good health and well-being through the supply of their hot nutritious meals. As part of the service Apetito drivers will also carryout a safe and well-being check on delivery to help clients live safer and well in their own homes, where they want to be. They can also fetch cutlery, plate the meal up for them and offer clients a glass of water to help keep them hydrated.
- Having a regular hot meal can help reduce malnutrition occurring within the home and its negative effects such as poor immunity, increased risk of infection, poor mobility, reduced quality of life and mental health problems. There is also hidden hydration with in the food which will help contribute towards their daily water intake helping to reduce dizziness, heat stress, pressure ulcers and increased risk of falls.
Available to anyone living in West Sussex, ordering is simple, just call 01225 759691 or visit our Website, click here, for further information. With no contracts clients can choose how often they’d like their meals making it an ideal choice for short or long term use.
Is your service providing care to vulnerable people in the community, living alone or with decreasing ability? Do you think they would benefit from regular nutritional meals? We highly recommend Apetito service to those living in the community. Who require support with their day to day activities, meal times and nutritional understanding.
Because of the staff’s training and awareness for an individuals well-being and nutritional importance to a healthy lifestyle. It could positively contribute to an individuals day. Provide vital interaction and support in a caring manner. – Nightingales Army
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Nightingales Army spoke to local gyms and leisure centers within West Sussex, we found them to support care providers companies to apply for a discount on memberships for their staff, in fact quite a few already have this service up and running. Why is this not being promoted?
Nightingales Army encourages care providers to offer gyms and leisure center discounts to their staff and encourage staff to ask for this alternative reward. Perks like this, could gain new staff, contribute to retention and personal growth through a rise in mental and physical well-being, this will hugely contribute to reducing sickness and improve the standard of care being delivered to the service user.
We are not suggesting no to all treats, we are just providing balance. As we would do for our services users, so we should do for ourselves.
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