How does First Care cater for its residents?
First Care caters for its residents by offering quality food through custom meal plans. Our approach to nursing home nutrition is about providing what each resident needs through their diet.
We do not believe in a one size fits all approach that will not suit anyone. In our experience, not providing custom meal plans leads to ill health and only an increased need for specialist care.
There is also the problem with waste. Residents will eat little of what they do not want or like, and so much food will be thrown away. Food waste only increases care costs and is a sure sign that all is not right with the care home.
We pride ourselves in low levels of food waste and the high praise we get for our nutritious meals. Meal plans devised by the chef in each First Care home are how we achieve our aims.
Our meals are prepared to the highest standards, and we insist on following all HSE food preparation guidelines. Hygiene standards are followed closely, with no risks taken anywhere in First Care homes.
Meal plans in First Care Nursing homes
Meal plans in First Care nursing homes are devised by our chefs for each resident. We want to know what residents want and need so we can devise suitable meal plans.
First Care provides meals for those following vegetarian or vegan diets. Gluten-free is very important for many of our residents, and we provide meals with those in mind. Low-fat and dairy-free alternatives are available, as are sugar-free snacks and drinks.
Our chefs believe in providing tasty, nutritious meals made from the best of ingredients. They vary menus and daily options to make meal times interesting and enjoyable.
At First Care we want residents to enjoy their meals and spend time with others eating good food.
We also provide a range of snacks and fruit throughout the day, so a mid-morning treat is always on the menu.
Special occasions at First Care Homes
Special occasions at First Care homes, such as Christmas, Easter and birthdays, are well catered for by chefs.
At Christmas, we love the full dinner of Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings, and Easter is all about the Spring lamb and roast potatoes.
Birthday cakes and special treats are a great way to mark the big day.
We still cater for special diets on these occasions and offer tasty alternatives to those who do not eat meat or prefer an option to turkey or lamb
Our meal plans are all about catering for the needs of patients and helping them enjoy each day at their First Care home.
How to cater for nutrition at home
To cater for nutrition at home you should prepare daily meals with all the essential ingredients. In every meal you should include a good mix of the ingredients to provide you with the daily essentials.
Catering for nutrition at home is a vital part of any health care plan and should follow health service guidelines on what older people should have in their diets. Getting your vitamins, fibre, energy and protein from food is the best way to ensure you reach the daily allowances.
HSE healthy eating guidelines give helpful hints and advice on what should be included in any home diet. Vitamins from broccoli and other vegetables, energy from fruit and starchy foods, as well as daily recommendations on protein intake from eggs or meat, should help with a balanced meal plan.
At First Care we strongly believe in bringing nutrition into our respite facilities. When patients come for a couple of days or longer, they should be eating well from day one.
Each meal for respite patients is prepared with the same care and balanced nutrition approach as the ones for our full-time residents.
Meal plans for respite facility patients help them continue eating as at home without any drop off in standards.
Dining options at First Care
Dining options at First Care include residents eating in the dining hall or their room. All meals are of the highest quality, and we offer the same options in bedside service as we do at the restaurant.
First Care restaurants offer a friendly atmosphere for residents who want to eat with their friends and visitors. Residents enjoy quality, nutritious meals at catered tables where the chat flows with plenty of fun.
Our chefs prepare nutritious, easy-to-eat and digest meals throughout the day. If a resident cannot get out of bed, we can serve their choice in their room without fuss or bother.
We also have pastries, fruit and healthy snacks available between meals for those feeling a bit peckish.
Our aim is for residents to feel at home in our facilities, and our focused meal plans help us reach that goal.
Learn more about First Care nursing homes
To learn more about First Care nursing homes, you should make contact with us today. Our homes in Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare provide care of the highest standards, and we are only too happy to talk about a potential resident’s needs.
Earlsbrook House in Bray Co. Wicklow is by the seafront and only a few minutes from the DART station, ideal for the family when visiting. Come visit our Georgian building nursing home in the heart of Bray.
Blainroe Lodge is close to beautiful Brittas Bay, and staff and residents alike love the views. Blainroe even has an in-house bar for a relaxing pint or a glass of wine at the end of the day, making it a great option if you are looking for a nursing home in Wicklow.
The Beneavin Campus in Glasnevin, Dublin, comprises three homes and is near the Botanic Gardens, making us the best nursing home in Dublin.
Mountpleasant Lodge, near Kilcock is our Kildare Nursing home. Located in the heart of the Irish countryside, the rural setting, surrounded by farms and gentle hills is a lovely backdrop for the residents.
Each of our First Care homes provides levels of care developed over years of experience and learning. Our residents and respite visitors are looked after from day one with dedicated care and custom-designed meal plans.
Contact us today to learn more about First Care nursing homes and how we can care for your loved one.