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Wiltshire Farm Foods

At Wiltshire Farm Foods, our frozen meals home delivery service offers the perfect way to eat well. Whether it's cooking for oneself or looking after a friend or relative, people want to be sure that the food they are serving is not only of the very highest quality and nutritious, but is quick and simple to prepare and available when it is wanted. We understand that everyone's tastes are different and some customers have specific dietary needs, food intolerances or ingredient likes and dislikes. With a comprehensive contents guide and easy-to-use colour-coded symbols customers can determine at a glance if their chosen meal is suitable. Some medical conditions will require a soft food diet. With advice on which soft food menu will suit different conditions, we can offer, in addition to our extensive standard meal range, a selection of texture modified meals, helping customers, or their loved ones, get the right nutrition. We deliver carefully prepared and nutritious meals specifically created to cater to individual needs straight to the door.

Updated:
8 May 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Retail
Local Alliances:
Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford on Avon, Calne Community Area , Devizes Community Area Dementia Action Alliance, Melksham Community Area, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury Community Area, Tidworth Community Area , Pewsey Community Area Dementia Action Alliance, Marlborough Community Area Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Wiltshire Farm Foods provides a frozen meals home delivery service, offers the perfect way to eat well.

Chewing and swallowing difficulties (known as Dysphagia) can often occur in people with dementia as the condition progresses. It is important that a person living with dementia has a good diet and eats well. This will help to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing, and will prevent weight loss and malnutrition. We have a range of nutritionally balanced meals to help people with swallowing difficulties eat more easily and enjoy their food again.

  • Our Extra Tender meals are perfect for anyone who has trouble chewing as we’ve prepared the meals with small and tender pieces of meat and vegetables that are easy to eat.
  • Our Soft Meals require little chewing but are full of flavour. We have taken particular care to create colourful and visually appealing meals to help encourage appetite.
  • Our world leading Shaped Purée meals are a thick purée but have been shaped to provide a natural appearance after cooking – these provide an ideal alternative to blending meals at home.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Raising awareness of the meal choices available can sometimes be difficult. Many people who do not have a regular carer, family member or friend can be left isolated and in need of help.

We are collaborating with charities, voluntary organisations, the NHS and housing associations. With strong TV advertising we endeavor to reach as many people as possible to explain the choices available.

We are passionate about providing meal choices, which look good, taste good and take care of nutritional requirements. Enriching the lives of people with Dementia, their family, carers and friends.

It is important that a person living with dementia has a good diet and eats well. This will help to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing, and will prevent weight loss and malnutrition.

A series of conferences run by Wiltshire Farm Foods have educated colleagues on Dysphagia and the link to Dementia. These highlighted how hard it is to puree food at home whilst maintaining the nutritional integrity of meals. They also identified how important the visual impact of pureed food is, providing the motivation to ensure that our pureed meals are not only nutritious, but look appetising.

Being part of the Dementia Alliance will help raise the awareness of meal choices, and as such we will be able to support more people with Dementia

2. Actions

  • All colleagues at Peterborough Wiltshire farm Foods are ‘Dementia Friends’

    Louise is our Dementia Champion and delivers dementia friend’s sessions to employees, helping raise information and awareness regarding dementia.  Sessions have commenced

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  • Deliver presentations and talks to improve awareness of the meal choices available

    Incorporating demonstrations and taster sessions to improve awareness of meal choices, and the ‘softer food’ range, we  will target:

    Dementia Cafés in Peterborough

    •  Sheltered accommodation
    •  Local hospitals - Speech & Language Therapists, Dietitians
    •  Libraries
    •  Carers and Care Agencies
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  • Work with other DAA members to promote dementia awareness and choices available.

    • Link with organisations to share information, enabling signposting to other organisations which can help with daily living.
    • Attend local events to explain the assistance we can provide.

     

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