The programmes will give older people in care settings, hospital and in their own homes more support to eat and enjoy good food. Building on our network of 10,000 schools the programme will also creater links between the generations, through shared meals, cooking and food growing activities.
The Better Care programme represents an important opportunity to demonstrate, through fully evaluated pilots in three locations, that good food is also a good investment for the UK’s challenged health and social care system, because of the vital role that good food can play both nutritionally and in tackling isolation amongst older people.
The project will be piloted in Edinburgh, Calderdale & Kirklees and Leicester City & Leicestershire; working with Local Authority and NHS providers, care settings, local and national NGOs and volunteering organisations. Programmes will be co-designed with older people and tailored to meet the different needs for health and social care within each region but will contain common elements including:
- Improving the food experience of residents in care settings
- Offering older people in hospital a communal dining experience and food support after a hospital stay
- Improving food support from home care visits
- Improving shared meals provision for older people
- Inviting older people into schools and young people into care homes to share food and growing and cooking activities
- Supporting volunteers working with older people to develop food skills
As part of the Better Care programme, children from Field Lane Junior School visited Linson Court Care Home to help build a hen coop and speak to the residents. The children heard some great stories about food and farming and the residents enjoyed sharing their experiences. Watch the below video to find out more about the project.