Homegrown at Our Residential Care Home in Nottingham

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In the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic there have been complications with sourcing fresh produce for care homes. Though these are now resolved, we are striving to put measures in place to prevent shortages of stock in future so we can always ensure that our residents get their favourite nutritious meals every day with no delays or disruptions.

We’re really proud of our courtyard at Newgate Lodge Care Home and have utilised this by installing a greenhouse where we have planted some of our residents’ favourites such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, onion, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and blueberries. Our aim is to be more self-sustainable by having seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables readily available and avoid an over-reliance on suppliers.

vegetables growing in a planter

Nutrition For Elderly Care Home Residents

We understand that nutrition becomes even more important in a person’s later years to strengthen the immune system, maintain a healthy weight and promote overall wellbeing, therefore reducing the risk of diseases. Many of our residents come to us because they are unable to cook for themselves at home to get the nutrition they need, so we plan all meals specially to ensure that our residents get the correct vitamins and nutrients for their health and wellbeing.

Our 5-star catering team ensure that all of our residents are given fresh meals to satisfy their nutritional needs and their personal preferences. We aim to make mealtimes an enjoyable occasion that residents can look forward to each day and we accept suggestions and requests from residents and their friends and families. We also hope that using our own homegrown fruit and vegetables can bring added excitement for the residents as they watch the plants grow, encouraging residents to join in with watering and harvesting plants if they wish.

To see how our fruit and vegetable plants are progressing look out for updates on our social media! Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.