apetito finds innovative ways to support Scottish care homes during lockdown 3

With lockdown 3 putting even more pressure on care homes including staff resourcing, consistency and continuity of food supplies, leading food supplier, apetito, has looked to innovate and help support care homes across Scotland’s major conurbations as well as those situated in more outlying areas.

apetito are experts in providing excellent food and enhancing dining experience for the elderly. All meals can easily be cooked from frozen by care home teams on site.  Throughout Covid-19, many care homes have turned to apetito for quick mobilisation of its services enabling them to retain their confidence in being able to guarantee the quality and safety of their meals, during these challenging and extraordinary times.

Over the past few months, apetito has looked to develop new working practices to support its care home customers. New ways of working include contactless deliveries and fast mobilisation of services. We also continue to offer free, remote tasting experiences so care homes can try our range of food in a safe and socially distant environment and ensure those homes looking for new options can be catered for.

apetito offer over 200 dishes including a great range of main meals and desserts that residents enjoy and love. apetito offer a wide range of meals for residents with specific dietary needs including a range of ‘free from’ meals, made without the 14 main allergens, and a world leading Texture Modified range for those living with swallowing difficulties.

Don’t take our word for it – try our meals for yourself and enjoy the quality first-hand…

apetito has launched ‘the apetiser’, an innovative mobile presentation suite which has been specially developed and fitted out to offer care homes the opportunity to enjoy socially distanced presentations and food tastings. This enables care homes to experience the quality of apetito’s meals first-hand without the need to admit any third party onto their site.

The apetiser will be travelling around Scotland in the coming weeks, allowing the apetito team to meet with care homes and communicate how the company can support them in maintaining the quality of their dining experience whilst reducing waste and labour costs. Please do not hesitate to contact us today to book your free care home tasting.

Neil Hargreaves, apetito’s Divisional Manager – Care Homes, commented:

“The apetiser means we can go to care homes who would like to discuss their catering requirements, invite them to join us in a socially distanced environment, and they can experience for themselves the great dining experience that apetito can help them deliver to their residents. 

“Right now, we know that every penny counts for care homes and alongside delivering great food and nutrition, we can help care homes through reducing waste, labour and associated cost. Most importantly, we can mobilise new services quickly and safely, which right now is top of mind for many of the care homes that we are talking to”.

Ian Bell, Manager at Davidson House, Edinburgh run by The Salvation Army, said:

‘Looking back, the thought of introducing apetito might have looked challenging to some. However, given our catering situation at the time, it was essential that we quickly moved to a more manageable and qualitative meals system as quickly as we could.’

‘To be frank, all of my expectations were exceeded. The process went very smoothly with no hiccups or any other issues impacting on the operation or anyone’s safety. Freezers were put into place on time as was all other equipment. Food deliveries were also on time and menu’s planned well in advance. Training was delivered safely under the auspices of the homes infection control procedures and following all government guidance.

‘All in all, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result. The only real issue we had was communicating the change to residents families. We did this quickly and effectively through telephone contact and FaceTime. The decision to change during such testing times was completely justified. There was an immediate reduction in food waste and an increase in resident’s weights.’

To book your free tasting today, go to https://www.apetito.co.uk/trust-us/ or contact 01225 569403.

Learn more about our Care Home partnerships:  apetito – Care Home Meals – YouTube

See The apetiser in action – The apetiser – YouTube

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Last Updated on 10th February 2021 by Shanice