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Dementia Awareness

Lets talk about Dementia


Alzheimer's Society

Every year World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September, and is the focus of World Alzheimer’s Month in September. It’s an opportunity for organisations and individuals around the world to raise awareness, highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and demonstrate how we can overcome them to help people live well with dementia.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with; however they soon become severe enough to affect daily life. A sufferer may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.


A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (to do with thinking or memory). They will often have problems with some of the following:

  • day-to-day memory – for example, difficulty recalling events that happened recently,
  • concentrating, planning or organising – for example, difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (such as cooking a meal),
  • language – for example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something,
  • visuospatial skills – for example, problems judging distances (such as on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions,
  • orientation – for example, losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.

How we help

As a company who looks after the spending for hundreds of care homes on a daily basis; We fully support ways to improve
the quality of life for sufferers. We are all also dementia friends. If you need to find out more about dementia friends, click here!

Here are a few ways we help you to help sufferers.

Trusted suppliers

We work with the likes of Care shop, Countywide and Blueleaf who are all specialised in the dementia field. Not only do they supply medical goods, but they supply items such as memory boxes and games. We featured one of the games packs in our product of the week last week. Prices start from £39.95!

Food moulds

As part of our offering, we can source food moulds through our furniture and equipment department. A fairly new concept within the UK care home, a silicon food mould will transform a dementia patient’s plate. Making meals more visually pleasing, appetizing and helping residents to dine with dignity. Read more here…


Dementia friendly crockery

Equipment to help support residents with dementia is the perfect way to promote independence. We provide a  wide range of tableware that does just this.

 “Eating three times a day is something many of us take for granted but just think how difficult mealtimes can be for many people with disabilities; we believe the right tableware can be a relatively simple way to ensure your guests get the nutrition they need as independently and safely as possible”. Bidvest Catering Equipment.


It’s Brew Time!

A great Cup of tea remains a national treasure and is the most consumed drink in the UK! We typically brew up 3 times a day; although one in four thirsty Britons will get through 5 cups or more!

How do you like your tea?

Whilst us Brits can all agree that we love tea, how we enjoy our tea is quite a different story. Some like it milky, some like it strong; Whilst some like it with sugar, some are sweet enough!

A poll for WRVS, a charity that provides support for older people, revealed 35 per cent of people like their tea to be mid-brown; with only 3 per cent preferring their tea very milky. One in five likes to brew their tea in a teapot, while a traditional 6 per cent still use a cup and saucer. And 7 per cent are so picky that they will not let anyone else make them a cuppa. (when you know what you like, you know hey!)

How do you drink your tea

*Photo from Daily Mail.*

Try something new!

Fancy trying some new Tetley teas? Check out this blog from 2016 where we reviewed loads of teas, from fruit to decaf! We said it then, we will say it again – Tetley, we love you!!!


Collective Purchasing Tetley Tea Review


Furniture and Equipment

Collective Purchasing – Your one stop shop for all your furniture and Equipment needs.

Our dedicated furniture and equipment department can supply competitive prices for anything from towels and bed linen to care equipment and beds.

Make us your first stop!

Whether you know the exact make and model you are after or need greater assistance on what to choose; we will give a no obligation quote on any item. Our prices are competitive with a huge range of available suppliers to choose from. We were able to save a 68-bed care home 29% on Nisbet’s prices when they were kitting out their facility. Each week we also have one very special offer on – Our CP Product of The week – From table and chairs to magic mixers we really do have it covered!

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Find out what else we can offer here.  We can save you money on all your daily consumables including housekeeping. Check out our focus on housekeeping here – Still not sure? Read why you should look into using a buying consortium.

Bringing soft food to life!


Eating is a multi-sensory experience. Chefs make food look pleasing, coffee shops waft the smell of pastries and coffee into the streets to seduce the passer-by and indulgent treats are placed at eye level in supermarkets.

It would be logical to think that taste is the sense that rules the roost. The biting, chewing, and swallowing is the bit that tells us what food tastes like. Our mouth is full of flavour receptors telling us that this tastes sweet, or this tastes bitter.

However, research suggests it is our eyes leading the way with our tongues following. Our eyes see the food, they tell the brain what it will taste like and we taste what we think we should.

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So, what happens if our food doesn’t look appealing on the plate? How would that affect the taste?

Many people, especially in care homes, need to have their food puréed due to swallowing difficulties. It is estimated that 70% of people in UK care homes need to have some level of purée meals. These meals can be shapeless, tasteless and they generally don’t look like the foods that they are.

Senses we use when eating


We eat with our eyes first. If you see something you fancy, you want to eat it. In restaurants, the server may walk past with something that you may not have considered, but you think it looks good so you order it. In shops, tempting goodies are put at the checkout so you grab them without thinking. This is why you should never do your food shop when hungry!

The appearance of the food we eat plays an important role when eating. If you needed to eat a puréed diet and were handed a meal that resembled baby food, you might not be too excited to eat it.

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Smell is another sense you use when eating. You may be in someone’s home for dinner and as you walk in you can smell the food cooking from the kitchen. Freshly baked bread can often be smelt in supermarkets and fast food restaurants pump the smell of their food into the street. All this entices you to eat – hungry or not.

Purée meals can sometimes not smell as strongly as solid foods. This is because they are often mixed with liquids in order to make them soft enough.  If all ingredients are mixed together it can be difficult to decipher what you are eating. Coupled with it not looking like it should, it is no wonder that residents may refuse food.  A company called Ode have come up with a fantastic sensory device. Their foodie fragrances offer sensory stimulation before meals are served, helping to promote appetite. When placed in a shared room, Ode’s fragrances foster conversation and create engaging mealtimes, helping reduce social isolation in older adults. Creating mouthwatering smells in the room can help bring back memories of mealtimes for those who have memory problems.



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You touch your food with your mouth and tongue and if it doesn’t feel right you spit it out. Whilst texture doesn’t affect taste it can certainly affect the enjoyment of a dish. A purée meal is just that, purée. There is no way around it. The food needs to be easy to swallow and therefore the texture will not be the same as solid food.


The recent craze of taking photos of food and posting them on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram means we are seeing and thinking about food even more. In fact, the average Brit spends a whopping third of their waking time either talking about or thinking about food.

When eating, all senses are used and this is what makes eating enjoyable. Eating is a sociable occasion, especially in a care environment. Meal times could be the only sociable activity residents partake in each day. The look, texture and taste of foods can make a world of difference in someone’s desire to eat. If a resident is presented with a meal that doesn’t smell or look appetising they might not want to eat it. At the end of the day, those with swallowing difficulties still eat with their eyes. Purée meals are essential; they provide nutrients to those who otherwise would not be able to eat. The trick is to make these meals fun and enjoyable again. When you serve a meal always ask yourself, “Would I be happy to eat this?”

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Purée meals

There are many ways to make purée food more appealing. Rather than liquidising the different parts of a meal all together, liquidise the main element of the meal and the vegetables separately. This way, they keep their individual taste, smell and colour and look more inviting. To improve the appearance of the plate, use a range of different coloured foods in meals to increase variety e.g. fish or meat in sauce, puréed carrots and mashed potato.

Food presentation

Always think about the presentation of food to make it attractive and appetising. You can pipe mashed potato through a shaped nozzle or pipe cream on to puréed fruit; serve puréed food using an ice cream scoop or use moulds to give food shape.

Piping bags and ice cream scoops

The use of piping bags allows the chef to pipe shapes out of puréed food onto the plate. This helps make the resident’s plate look more exciting and ‘normal’ as the purée looks more like solid food. Using piping bags and ice cream scoops mean that food is separate on the diner’s plate. This prevents the food from looking unattractive and encourages less waste. Piping bags and ice cream scoops are readily available and most care homes will have them already, making it a cheap option for improving the presentation of food. The below image shows how you can combine both these tools. Using an ice cream scoop for the mashed potato and a piping bag for the carrots has instantly transformed this plate into a meal that looks more edible.

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Food Moulds

Another way to make mealtimes with a purée diet more pleasurable is to use food moulds. These can revolutionise meal times for people with swallowing difficulties – bringing a sense of normality back again.

With a little bit of imagination, you can create anything that your residents desire; from curry to salmon. These moulds will encourage residents to eat once again, and will help make them feel a part of the care home community; as the food on their plates will look like that of other residents’.


Food moulds are easy to use. You simply create the puréed food and once the mix has reached the correct consistency, you spread the mixture into the purée food mould and freeze.

There are so many different recipes available, here are a few. Combining the piping bags, ice cream scoops and the moulds will help make mealtimes a happy time once again.

Using the correct foods 

Lots of foods work well when softened with liquids such as fruit juice, cream, yoghurt, gravy, stock and meat juices. All these also add extra nutrients to the meal. As with other meals, it is important to ensure the puree is well seasoned as this will improve the taste; especially once blended as when food is pureed it can lose some of its original flavours. Some foods don’t blend well, so using the correct food is important.

Using the correct foods 

Lots of foods work well when softened with liquids such as fruit juice, cream, yoghurt, gravy, stock and meat juices. All these also add extra nutrients to the meal. As with other meals, it is important to ensure the purée is well seasoned as this will improve the taste; especially once blended as when food is puréed it can lose some of its original flavours. Some foods don’t blend well, so using the correct food is important.


You may be thinking that all this will make your time in the kitchen longer. However, using these tricks will save you time. You will no longer need to spend as much time cooking and preparing purée food daily as you can batch cook and freeze the dishes. This means there is less time spent making purée meals, and cleaning the food blender multiple times afterwards!  The moulds are also oven and microwave safe as well as dishwasher safe making cleaning a breeze!

There are even companies that sell puree food frozen. Companies such as Nourisher who have a range of 12 protein flavours, 8 vegetables & 2 carbohydrates frozen in ready to use ice cubes and pouches. This makes creating meals for those on a soft diet even easier.

If you would like to purchase any moulds or equipment to make your residents’ lives easier when it comes to eating, give us a call today!


01329 236821

Wimbledon 2018

In Pursuit of Greatness!

Wimbledon 2018 runs from 2nd July until the 15th July. The iconic tennis competition, come rain or shine, is a sign that the English summer has well and truly started!

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Other than tennis what else comes to mind when we say Wimbledon?

  • Strawberries?
  • Cream?
  • Pimms?
  • All of the above?

Well, we have made it our mission to find out why these things, in particular, strawberries play such an important role in the 2-week tournament.


The first Wimbledon happened in 1877. During the Victorian era, it was very fashionable to eat strawberries. They were part of the newfound desire to have afternoon tea! So when the well to do spectators attended the summer event, they opted for strawberries’ and the tradition stuck! Last year spectators ate a mountainous 28000kg of the red berry! (that is a whopping 166,000 servings). If laid out this would equate to 37 miles of the juicy fruit! All strawberries for Wimbledon are reasonably sourced British produce. Picked on the day they are served, they come from Kent. Starting their journey from the farm at 4 am to Wimbledon at 11 am!


White Bowl of Whole Strawberries


To go with the 28000kg  of strawberries, 7000 litres of cream are served each year. Back in the Tudor time, at Hampton court palace, whilst serving 600 diners a day. The chef was looking for a quick and easy dessert; and just like that, the inventions of Strawberries and Cream was born. Now, you simply can’t have strawberries with some fresh double cream! It’s the Law!!!


The Pimm’s Cup’s origins date back to 1832 when London oyster bar owner James Pimm started offering guests a gin-based beverage containing quinine and a secret blend of spices.  The drink’s popularity quickly grew, and by the end of the 19th century, it was all over the United Kingdom. The first Pimm’s bar opened at the 1971 Wimbledon tournament. Nowadays spectators enjoy over 80,000 pints of Pimm’s and lemonade each year.


It’s not just the above that is a favourite amongst tennis lovers. Check out this infographic, showing what is sold each year at Wimbledon in just the two weeks!

Are you planning on watching the tennis this year? Why not combine the above favourites into one of these scrummy recipes.

Pimm’s scones

Pimm's scones

Two classics combined into doubly delicious results, these scones will go down a treat at a summer party, served with lashings of Pimms-soaked fruit and boozy whipped cream.

Eton mess cheesecake

A plate serving Eton mess cheesecake

If you’re after a summer dessert to impress, try this decadent Eton mess cheesecake filled with creamy mascarpone, topped with meringues and strawberries.

Are you getting value for money?

Here at collective purchasing, we can get you some amazing prices on strawberries, cream and Pimms. In fact, we are able to get you amazing prices on all of your daily consumables; from dairy to frozen. Why not challenge us to a price review today. Completly free of charge! See how much we can save you!!

Tea-riffic Competition!

A great Cup of tea remains a national treasure and is the most consumed drink in the UK! We typically brew up 3 times a day; although one in four thirsty Britons will get through 5 cups or more!

How do you like your tea?

Whilst us Brits can all agree that we love tea, how we enjoy our tea is quite a different story. Some like it milky, some like it strong; Whilst some like it with sugar, some are sweet enough!

A poll for WRVS, a charity that provides support for older people, revealed 35 per cent of people like their tea to be mid-brown; with only 3 per cent preferring their tea very milky. One in five likes to brew their tea in a teapot, while a traditional 6 per cent still use a cup and saucer. And 7 per cent are so picky that they will not let anyone else make them a cuppa. (when you know what you like, you know hey!)

How do you drink your tea

*Photo from Daily Mail.*

Win Win Win

To celebrate the uniqueness of us tea drinkers, we are giving one lucky person a tea-riffic prize. If you work in the care sector or in the hospitality industry and would love to win a hamper of goodies for your work; all you have to do is follow @collectivePurch on Twitter, send us a tweet with a photo of your ideal brew and use the #BestBrew to be entered. All entries need to be in by 2nd July (midnight). Collective Purchasing will announce the winner on Thursday 5th July!

Good Luck!!


Tetley Tea Comp


Fancy trying some new Tetley teas? Check out this blog from 2016 where we reviewed loads of teas, from fruit to decaf! We said it then, we will say it again – Tetley, we love you!!!


Collective Purchasing Tetley Tea Review


Raise some dough this cupcake day!

The 14th of June sees the annual Alzheimer’s Society cupcake day return for its 3rd year. So far a whopping £1.4 million pounds has been raised; and the Alzheimer’s Society is urging everyone to unite against dementia with their families, friends and colleagues to raise more dough this year; whilst having a giant helping of fun!

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There are about a million different ways make a cupcake – it can be as easy (clue: packet mix) or as fancy as you like. And let’s face it however they look, they all taste great fresh out of the oven (or fresh from the shop!) Each cupcake sold will help towards finding a cure, help improve care and offer someone to talk to for people affected.

By signing up for your fundraising pack you will get all this…

  • Posters to help you spread the word (more people that know, the more people will come and buy your cakes!)
  • Fundraising ideas and fun games to play on the day
  • A donation box and Gift Aid form (for the all-important ‘dough’)
  • Cake toppers and decorations
  • A selfie-frame to share your creations on social media (use the #CupcakeDay and tag @collectivepurch and @alzheimerssoc
  • Some lip-smackingly fab recipes to inspire you.

The difference your Cupcake Day makes

Dementia devastates lives; In the UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there is currently no cure. But together Alzheimer’s Society says we will beat it, dementia will not win.

Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be there for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through.

By hosting a Cupcake Day you get to enjoy some tasty treats with your workmates, friends and family knowing you are helping to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia.

Why not take a ‘whisk’ and try one of these recipes


Marmite cupcakes

Here we have two recipes for marmite cakes that you will either love or hate; Marmite caramel and marmite chocolate. Find the recipes here.

Peppermint and Liquorice

The crunchy peppermint goes great with the sticky Liquorice. Find the recipe here.

Ch-acon cake

Dark Chocolate and Bacon; what’s not to love? Take yourself on a taste adventure and give these a try. Recipe is here

Why not go savoury?

This one is seriously weird. What could be better than mini turkey meatloaves topped with mashed potato “frosting?” Find the recipe here.




Did you know….

We can help you with your uniform needs!

Uniforms are great for helping reduce cross-contamination threats; especially in a food or caring environment. However, that is not their only benefit!

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They create a good image for your business. 

Rightly or wrongly we as a society are quick to judge a book based on its cover. If your staff are all wearing their own clothes that don’t match each other and are scruffy; this, unfortunately, reflects badly on your business. If everyone is wearing the same not only do your staff look smart, but customers can easily tell who your staff are!

Professional Image

Uniforms promote your company or brand.

When employees wear uniforms displaying your logos and colours, they help brand and differentiate your business! Well designed work uniforms worn in public become “walking billboards,” promoting your company’s products and services “for free.”


Improve security.

Company uniforms featuring specific styles or colours quickly identify who does or does not belong in specific work areas or on job sites. Especially in a caring environment, residents will be able to tell who is who from looking at the uniforms.

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Foster team spirit.

Work uniforms promote a sense of team spirit and a sense of belonging. This, in turn, can improve worker productivity. Everyone wears the same and doesn’t create worry for staff over what to wear. They also save employers money, and tax can be claimed back!! Win-Win!

Promote company pride.

Work uniforms help instil a sense of pride and responsibility and can turn employees into “brand ambassadors” outside the actual workplace.


Check out this infographic from positive branding showing the power a uniform can have to the individual and your business. If you would like to get your uniform through us get in touch today. We can offer a variety of sizes, colours, styles, clothing and even personalised or custom pieces! Call us today on 01329 236821.


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Weekly Vine

11th May Weekly Vine: This week find out about cream cheese, Dame Barbara, Chocolate, More Chocolate, Sun burn & lots more!

More than cream cheese!

There’s more to Philadelphia than really good cream cheese, there’s a whole range of flavours and fat levels, snacks and spreads.


We are used to seeing the cream cheese on our shelves and you may have even tried the flavours – garlic and herb, Chives, Sweet Chilli and Mediterranian herbs. Well hold on to your seats, two new flavours are joining the gang!! Philadelphia with salmon and Philadelphia with caramelised onion! Both sound great and are very versatile. Not just for your crackers, why not mix them into pasta and create an amazing dinner. Here are some great recipes.

Dame Barbara

Barbara Windsor’s husband has announced that his wife is suffering with Alzheimer’s. He said the EastEnders star had been taking medication to manage her condition but that symptoms had worsened in recent weeks. The veteran of film and TV was made an MBE in 2000 and a dame in 2015 for services to drama.

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Dame Barbara Windsor with her husband Scott Mitchell pictured together in December 2017, photo from Shutterstock

Mr Mitchell said he noticed his wife found it difficult to learn her lines in 2009, just before she left EastEnders for the first time, but they didn’t think anything of it. By early 2012, she had started repeating certain sentences and stories, he said. Following a series of mental agility tests and a brain scan, he said, she was diagnosed. He recalls that on hearing the news, his wife mouthed the words “I’m so sorry” to her husband. “I squeezed her hand back and said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be OK'”, he told the Sun newspaper. Our thoughts are with the couple!

Chocolate River

Tonnes of melted chocolate poured out onto a motorway in Poland after a lorry that was carrying it overturned.

Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away. Pictured: An aerial view of the chocolate crash

Dramatic pictures from the scene showed the truck on its side surrounded by a huge puddle of the liquid treat. Rescue officials said the chocolate began to solidify as it cooled, making the clean-up quite a difficult task. Luckily the driver only suffered a broken arm, and no one else was injured. Try not to drool looking at the pictures, taken from the daily mail!!!

Chocolate Propercorn!

More chocolate news for you – chocolate Propercorn is here!

Their team of popcorn perfectionists have spent years creating the ultimate flavour for chocolate fanatics. With the help of expert chocolatiers, they have sourced the best quality cocoa from Peru to coat their hand-popped butterfly corn. These rich, dark cocoa notes combine with whole milk, sweet Demerara and a sprinkling of sea salt for smooth chocolatey sweetness. At just 126 calories per pack, this bitter-sweet, Chocolate popcorn makes for a healthier moment of indulgence. Check out this flashback to a weekly vine from last year where we reviewed other flavours of Propercorn!

Soothe the burn

After some glorious weather over the last week, you may have spent just a little too long in the sun. Resulting in some rather sore sunburn. Whilst we all know after sun and aloe vera is great for soothing the burn. Did you know that we all have something in our fridges that may help even more? Cold milk is the answer to soothing your sunburn pain, according to New York dermatologist Dr Joshua Zeichner.

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Sunburn is damage to the skin caused by UV rays and greatly increases your risk of skin cancer. Your skin will become red, inflamed, sore and hot to touch. In extreme cases, it might blister and peel which can be extremely painful. But a cold compress of milk will help cool the pain and heal the skin. “A milk compress can help calm inflamed skin as well, as proteins in the milk coat and soothe the skin,” Dr Zeichner told the Mail. Milk contains vitamins A and D, amino acids, lactic acid, fats and whey and casein proteins. It’s these ingredients that help the skin recover.

Vitamins help the skin to heal while the lactic acid encourages the skin to get rid of the dead cells, so your immune system doesn’t have to work so hard to repair it. There will also be less inflammation if your immune system isn’t working as hard. Some dermatologists suggest that yoghurt or cream will help too.



Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons


A serious contender for heavyweight champion of the ‘eat the seasons’ year. The asparagus season is tantalizingly brief but the quality is frequently exceptional. Asparagus deteriorates relatively quickly after picking. Traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce, asparagus picked just a day or so ago (try your nearest farmers’ market) requires minimal messing with. Enjoy it with a drizzle of olive oil, a twist of black pepper and perhaps a few shavings of Parmesan cheese. Yum!

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Try this asparagus and garden pea risotto for a perfect summer evening meal!


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Nursing fellowship graduate reduces care home falls by a third

Children help care home residents pimp up bland zimmer frames

Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies

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↑ Haddock

↓ Plaice

F&E Promo Corner:


Caterlite Countertop Manual Fill Ice Machine


Compact and convenient, the Caterlite manual fill ice machine is the ideal ice maker for staff rooms, waiting areas, small restaurants or even the home. Incredibly easy to use, simply manually fill the internal water reservoir and bullet-shaped ice is produced in either small or large sizes as preferred. Dispensing ice is also effortless – either use the supplied scoop or remove the whole plastic ice basket in one go.


Call today for a quote 01329 236821

Weekly Vine

27th April Weekly Vine: This week find out about Royal Week, Dancing, Marmite, Above and Beyond, Veggie Week & lots more!

Right Royal Week

This week has been quite the Royal week; the queens birthday and the royal baby being born both happened this week! Also with the warmer weather over the weekend, many people celebrated our majesties birthday with parties and events! And with Care Home Open day on Saturday, it was the perfect way to combine and celebrate all things British!

The photo above was taken by our member the Fremantle trust. They said ‘Care Home Open Day was a great opportunity to welcome visitors by inviting them to sample a range of fun activities. By building strong neighbourhood connections, we are able to develop lasting relationships. To find out more about taking part in Care home open day next year head the website.

Babies and the elderly get dancing!

An innovative new idea which has seen babies mixing with elderly care home residents across Britain and abroad has now reached Lancaster. Abi Doughty set up her Sling Swing group for mums and babies 18 months ago, which gives parents the chance to dance with their babies in slings. And she has now taken it a step further by taking the class into Laurel Bank Care Home.

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The classes have given the elderly residents the chance to interact with the babies, as well as join in with the fun. Abi said: “When my youngest was a toddler he built up a great relationship with some of the people at The Cornerstone Cafe. Their faces would light up and you could see the positive effect which went both ways. “I saw a video of someone going into care homes and running a class with the residents. It gave me the idea that maybe I could do a class with the residents joining in rather than being observers.”

You either love it or hate it, with less salt

Unilever has launched a reduced-salt variant of its yeast extract product Marmite in the UK. The new product has 25% less salt than traditional Marmite and is designed to appeal to the growing number of consumers seeking a low-sodium diet, Unilever said.

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Shannon Lennon-Smith, Marmite brand manager at Unilever, said; “Unilever knows that consumer tastes and a desire for wider choice, including lower salt variants, is constantly evolving. Marmite has a huge and very loyal fan base and we want to ensure we are listening to their needs and responding accordingly.” Has anybody tried this new product? I personally am in the hate camp so won’t be going near it. Let us know if you are in the love camp and have tried it!

Above and beyond

A care provider in London, which helped a resident with Autism overcome a fear of hospitals. Has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Support for Living Domiciliary Care Agency has been awarded the highest possible rating. Inspectors praised the committed staff who have gone ‘above and beyond’.

CQC said; “Staff had an exceptional understanding of people’s needs. They used their skills and experiences to support people in their daily lives. For example, a care worker used ‘social stories’ to help a person overcome their fear of attending a hospital appointment. The visit was successful and the resident received the necessary dental treatment; as a result of the care staff’s proactive and innovate work.”

Go Veggie

National Vegetarian Week 2018 runs from 14-20 May and it’s all about eating delicious and exciting veggie food. Remember it is not unusual for the veggies in a group of family or friends to have a big say in where the whole group will choose to eat. By offering better veggie/vegan choice on menus you are not only making more people happy more of the time but increasing the likelihood of return custom.

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Don’t forget…

  • Get Creative – Don’t be boring. Not every veggie likes goats cheese (like our very own Sales and Operation manager Laura) Try other ways to get protein in like, beans, pulses, tofu, Quorn. The possibilities are endless!
  • Be aware of non-veggie hidden food – on the topic of cheese, did you know parmesan isn’t veggie? Worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies), and certain beers and wines are also common pitfalls.
  • Educate – It is so important your customers can access the correct information. Ensure staff know the basics of vegetarian and vegan diets and which items on your menu are suitable or adaptable.
  • Enjoy – Have some fun widening your menu.

Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons

Jersey Royal new potatoes

The fabulous flavour of Jersey Royal new potatoes arises from the unique growing conditions on the island. A true seasonal gem, around 99% of the crop is exported to the UK and the rest are enjoyed by the Jersey inhabitants. How lucky are we? The season is short-lived so gorge on them while you can.


The early season potatoes are smaller and more tender, the later season ones larger and more flavourful; both are fabulous. Look for unwashed potatoes; they travel better wearing a jacket of earth.

To enjoy them at their best buy just what you plan to use in the next two days and keep them in a cool, dark place.

Leave the skins on – most of the flavour and goodness lies just beneath the surface – and give them a wash. Steam or boil until tender (15 – 20 minutes, cut larger potatoes in half if necessary) and add butter and other fresh herbs such as mint, chives or parsley as desired.

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Bolero PP Grey Armchair and Table Wicker Set

Bolero PP Wicker Armchair & Table Set

Make your outdoor dining spaces a relaxing home-away-from-home haven for customers with Bolero’s PP woven rattan-style resin armchair and table set. Designed for style and convenience, the outdoor table and chairs set is weather resistant for year-round use indoors or outdoors. Bolero’s garden furniture set comes helpfully supplied with two cream seat cushions for customer’s comfort and support. The table also has plastic foot stoppers, so you’ll have no worries about it marking your decking or patio.

Fill your dining space with this gorgeously presented rattan effect furniture, offering excellent functionality and design combined. The large rattan style chairs have a wide backrest for restful seating so customers can spread out and enjoy their dining experience with your business for long periods. Matched with a high-quality low rise rattan effect coffee table, the affordable set adds a deluxe furnished look to elevate your business style further. For a fully furnished, attractive outdoor dinette set why not pair with our vibrant artificial plants or impressive outdoor patio heaters?

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