A company which runs six care homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire is believed to be one of the first to serve up pureed food that looks like meals.
Elderly residents at Milford Care homes who have difficulty swallowing food are benefiting from an initiative aimed at encouraging them to eat more.
People experience problems eating and drinking for a number of reasons, for example if they have had a stroke or suffer from dementia.
Adopting an idea from Germany, the pureed food is made to look like a meal again.
Using a thickening product called Gelea, a sausage will look like how a sausage should, and a carrot will look like a carrot etc.
Peter, 48, a chef of many years who has worked for Milford Care for eight years, read an article about the food, known as 'smoothfood' in 2014 and decided to follow it up.
This product will help so many people on these smooth diets. They say you eat with your eyes first, so we hope that as these meals look more appetising our residents will be more tempted to eat them which will improve weights and their overall health and wellbeing."
It's been brilliant so far. We have trialled the meals with 20 residents and the feedback has been great. The staff are really enthusiastic to try this new technique and improve the lives of our residents.
– CHEF PETER
Meals Peter has made using this process so far include chargrilled chicken breast with pineapple ring, meatballs with tomato sauce, and stuffed chicken.
Sheila Barwick, home manager at Milford House, said:
I think it's brilliant. Some of the residents said the pureed food they had before was like baby food so I can't wait for them to try it.
– SHEILA BARWICK
Source ITV News, September 2017