Resources for older people

Since 2017, Food for Life have been working with care settings and community organisations along with hospitals and experts by experience. Our goal has been to harness the power of real food to bring people together and to improve the health and wellbeing of people in later life.


Our approaches have been developed into practical, easy to use resources. These resources are  for all those who work with and support older people and older people with dementia whether they are living in the community, care settings or long-stay hospital wards.


The Food for Life Whole Setting Approach (FFL WSA) framework delivery has demonstrated that providing good quality food, creating an enjoyable meal experience, delivering therapeutic food related activities, training sta­ff and bringing communities together will have a positive impact on residents’ health, wellbeing and quality of care right across settings. It will also demonstrate to the Care Quality Commission they are complying to Regulation 14: meeting nutritional and hydrations needs of residents.

Resident dining experience

The FFL support materials and training provide care homes with suggestions for how to create an enjoyable mealtime that encourages more social interaction, independence and resident choice and encourages sta­ff to consider how they can make positive changes, despite limited resources.

Making intergenerational links

Throughout the Better Care programme, we have trialled the creation of sustainable and active links between schools, nurseries and care homes. This has been a wonderful success with both young and old gaining so much understanding and pleasure from being in each other’s company. These two Case Studies, along with tips for making these links successful, will help you to set up such programmes of your own.

Hospital food

Food for Life Served Here guidance and criteria

Food for Life Served Here is an independent endorsement, backed by annual inspections, for food providers who are taking steps to improve the food they serve.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage and reward caterers who serve fresh food, source environmentally sustainable and ethical food, make healthy eating easy, and champion local food producers.

This handbook includes a breakdown of the Food for Life Served Here standards and how these standards can be applied to a care setting.

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