Banoffee Tarts came out the winner in a fun competition aimed at focusing attention on a serious subject – how to keep older people properly nourished.
Staff from residential homes across the area came together for the Come Snack With Us event.
Older people can be at risk of not eating properly for a number of reasons. However it is particularly common for people living with dementia who may suffer from loss of appetite and not want to sit down for “regular” meals. For some people with dementia it is widely recognised that it can be better to make appetising snacks available.
Come Snack With Us was a challenge to produce appetising, nutritious, easy to make and easy to eat finger food. The winning Banoffee Tarts, by Cheswardine Hall Nursing and Residential Care Home near Market Drayton, were judged to meet all the criteria and be of restaurant quality.
The competition was hosted by Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
Christine Morris, Telford & Wrekin CCS Executive Nurse said: “Our appetites often change as we get older making it difficult to ensure proper nutrition, and that is particularly true for people with dementia. The answer isn’t trying to get people to eat when they’re not hungry but to make available food that is more suitable.
“The quality of all the entries was excellent and showed that this is an issue being taken seriously by those who entered. Making the most suitable foods available an important way we can ensure people we care for are treated with dignity and consideration.”
Steve Gregory, Director of Nursing and Operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: "While this was a fun event, it highlighted some really important issues which we felt it was important to support."
The event was held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Judges include Jan Burns, Chair of the National Dignity Council and Ryan Leonard, Head Chef at Shrewsbury Town FC.