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31 January 2008: In light of new nutritional government guidelines from the Department of Health and members of the Nutrition Summit stakeholder group, Bettercaring has discovered that there are many positive changes being implemented across care homes in the UK.

Bettercaring undertook some research this month to try and discover what sort of systems care homes were trialling in order to provide nutritionally balanced meals for elderly residents.

Bettercaring found that nursing homes were generally beginning to adhere to government guidelines by sourcing local ingredients from local suppliers to make meals and snacks. However funding is a big issue. On average just £2.43 is spent per head per day in care homes which can cause some homes difficulty, particularly as residents often have very specific dietary requirements.

One care home based in Charnwood, Leicestershire proved that their innovative approach to food had been a success. They offer care home residents a 24 hour kitchen service so that residents can pick and choose from a selection of food whenever they feel hungry. Through this system residents have been more inclined to eat and are healthier as a result.

Bettercaring undertakes research on a number of topics related to the welfare of the elderly in care homes. For more information please visit www.bettercaring.com

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For more information contact:

Fiona Richmond
Email: fiona.richmond@olmgroup.com
Mob: 07825 847 573, Tel: 01993 810 300, Fax: 01993 810 318

About Bettercaring

Bettercaring, part of the OLM Group, is an online service for anyone looking for care, needing answers to questions about care or the funding of care or simply looking for someone to talk to. Bettercaring provides an online database of more than 20,000 registered care and nursing homes across the UK. Bettercaring boasts more than 500,000 unique users per annum and some 2,000 individual care home searches every day.

Bettercaring has been designed for easy navigation and covers the following areas:

• Care information – factsheets on the types of care available, information on funding options and coverage of health issues

• Care search – a search engine for all UK care homes

• Care discussion – includes: a discussion forum, enabling carers and those looking for care to discuss issues and ask questions; the latest news; reviews of care and nursing homes and products; articles about people in care.

Please visit www.bettercaring.com for more information

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