Calling on its 60 years’ experience of ‘making mealtimes matter’, apetito - which partners with many hospital caterers and healthcare trusts across the nation - says the new range was many years in the making – as Healthcare Divisional Lead for apetito, Rosemarie Hoyle, explains:
“Our development chefs embraced world leading technology to ensure the quality of the meals met our high standards of taste, texture and flavours and in this respect, the team has truly ‘led the way’.
“The elements of Finger Food Bites are cleverly designed and created so they melt in the mouth. Each ‘Bite’ encapsulates the flavours of a traditional meal and for the very first time, this innovative new range will allow patients living with dementia to enjoy feeding themselves, with no mess and with tasty meal options. It’s a real game-changer for hospital catering.
“We’re very excited by the range and see this as a key part of a nutritional strategy for hospitals to overcome difficulties using cutlery and delay the need for assisted feeding”.
Calling on its 60 years’ experience of ‘making mealtimes matter’ apetito, knows how complex catering for dementia patients can be. Rosemarie continues:
“It takes time to manage mealtimes, allergies, specialist dietary requirements whilst giving support to those patients experiencing co-ordination difficulties, and importantly in the ongoing design of a nutritious, balanced, and appetising menu.
“Mealtimes can be a real challenge for hospitals when catering for those with dementia – patients can lose concentration, forget to eat and drink, and struggle to use cutlery or cups. The resulting potential loss of nutrition is also a factor for concern.
“Food is an important part of patient recovery and we strongly believe that everyone should be able to enjoy dining with dignity with meals they can look forward to eating”.
To find out more about Finger Foods Bite and how this range can add strategic value to mealtimes in your hospital, Hospital Meal Services | apetito