Students cook up a treat for East Durham care home residents

CARE home residents were visited by catering students as part of a healthy eating campaign.

Students from East Durham College, in Peterlee, visited Ashwood Park Care Home to cook up healthy dishes for the residents as part of national nutrition and hydration week.

Ashwood Park resident Audry Brown with East Durham College students (left to right) Sophie Ord, Paula Moffatt and Rachael Quinn.

Ashwood Park resident Audry Brown with East Durham College students (left to right) Sophie Ord, Paula Moffatt and Rachael Quinn.

Catering lecturer Lynn Smith and five Level 2 students went along to the care home, in Easington Colliery, to show the home’s catering staff some quick and easy nutritional dishes they can serve up for residents.

Nutrition and hydration week aims to focus on positive action, providing vital advice and guidance to health and social professionals on the action that can be taken to help prevent under-nutrition and dehydration.

Lynn said: “It was great to be able to go out and show our support for nutrition and hydration week.

“We had a fantastic afternoon at Ashwood, and we hope our input can have a beneficial effect in the future.”

Andy Jones, Chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association, said: “Good nutrition and hydration are fundamental basic needs to recovery, without these we can become malnourished and dehydrated.

“With evidence suggesting that under-nutrition and dehydration can lead to increased hospital stay and increased readmission rates, we need to continue our focus on this aspect of good care.”