Dining experience

Homecooked meals to savour

At Bramley Court, we are passionate about providing a varied, nutritious and wonderfully appetising array of food for our residents which supports positive health and wellbeing.

Our dedicated and experienced team works closely with residents to capture people’s favourite foods which are then freshly prepared and mirror the seasons to ensure we are able to feature fresh fruit and vegetables when they are at their best.

Breakfast consists of a choice of cereals, fruit, porridge, toast and preserves as well as a full English breakfast with grilled bacon, sausages, eggs cooked to residents’ liking, baked beans and tomatoes.

For lunch we have appetising choices such as chicken and leek pie, stew and dumplings, roast lamb with all the trimmings and Mediterranean quiche followed by sweets such as fruit sponge and custard, cheesecake and panna cotta with fruit compote.

Tea sees delights such as the homemade soup of the day, a selection of sandwiches, and hot light option such as a jacket potato or omelette. For those with a sweet tooth we also always have a dessert option such as profiteroles, apple crumble, cheese and biscuits, and fruit salad.

Supper is also popular with beautiful hot crumpets, boiled eggs or tea and toast before settling down the night.

During all meals, we ensure we meet the needs of our residents who have special dietary requirements or cultural preferences – ensuring everyone has appetising, balanced meals which they are able to enjoy and savour.

And, throughout the day across the home, we have a selection of hot and cold drinks and biscuits as well as snacks and freshly home-baked cakes to enjoy for afternoon tea whilst sherry, beer and wine is on offer during lunch and dinner.

An experience to enjoy

As with our entire approach to life at Bramley Court, our residents are encouraged to choose where they would like to enjoy their meals.

Many of our residents love the social aspect of breakfast in our dining areas as they catch up with each other over a cup of tea and whatever they fancy that morning to eat. For others, who enjoy a more leisurely approach in the morning, they are welcome to have their breakfast in their room whilst catching up on the news.

Coffee and fresh pastries are often enjoyed in our cosy lounges with visiting family and then lunch and tea, socialising amongst friends in our beautiful dining rooms. Family members are always welcome to join residents, as Bramley Court truly is a home from home.

At mealtimes, we spend time making sure the atmosphere is just right with background music playing to provide a nice ambience, and beautifully laid tables complete with table menus so people can choose what they would like.

It is important to us to also ensure our residents are supported to remain as independent as possible so we provide a range of tableware, including specially designed cutlery and cups, which help make eating and drinking independently as easy as possible. And, of course, our team members are always on hand should anyone need extra support.

Dining when living with dementia

Our caring and compassionate team is skilled at creating an enjoyable and tailored mealtime experience for our residents who live with dementia.

Creating a calming atmosphere is important, so we reduce distractions as much as possible.

We have a dedicated hostess, along with other team members, who are on hand to provide gentle encouragement and support throughout. Residents often enjoy spending time sitting and chatting to each other over breakfast whilst enjoying a number of smaller portions of food, making it a leisurely affair and an experience which is savoured rather than hurried or stressful.

We also set up serving plates, where the different options for a meal are plated up and shown to residents, so they are able to see and smell the choices and choose which option appeals to them most. We include a range of finger foods too, to support the independence of those residents who find it difficult, or prefer not to use cutlery.

In order to support people to remain as independent as possible, we also have tableware which makes eating independently easier and different coloured tablecloths for each meal aid orientation. From plates with coloured rims to provide contrast, so people can see where the plate finishes and the table begins, to adapted cutlery, glasses, and cups, they are all designed to support independence and contentment during meals.

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