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food and dining at Colinton

brighterkind Food and Dining

At Colinton, we love our food

We firmly believe that when you eat well, you live well too. This is a core part of our brighterkind philosophy of care, centering on good nutrition and the importance of mealtimes as a social occasion.

There’s a dining room on each floor which are always set to restaurant standards and these spaces always become a hub of conversation and laughter, giving our more frail residents a chance to come together and socialise.

We have a set menu that runs for a month, meaning there’s plenty of choice and residents don’t get bored of the choices. And feedback is essential to us. We always ask residents not whether they liked something but what they did or did not like, and then we adapt and change things to suit those preferences.

Whether it’s tea and scones in the garden or a roast each Sunday, we encourage our residents to make the most of living in a friendly environment. There will be plenty of people to meet, and a lot of stories to share.

Download a PDF of a typical daily menu.

Special requirements

Our chefs prepare restaurant-style meals combining variety with a balanced diet and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

We’re well aware that not everyone enjoys the same things. Sometimes we’ll have three or four alternative meals being prepared for one floor alone. Our head chef is very accommodating and will meet with residents and their relatives to make sure the kitchen is delivering what they want.

If you have any special dietary requirements or preferences, please let us know on arrival. We are happy to cater to your needs and wishes, however complex.

FAQ

How do mealtimes work for people who need assistance?

Many of our residents struggle to eat without assistance. We stagger mealtimes enabling our staff to meet this additional need and ensure everyone has an enjoyable meal.

Are additional snacks available?

We have two tea, coffee and cake runs throughout the day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If residents are feeling peckish outside of mealtimes, there is also a small kitchen on each floor with snacks and drinks available any time.

What measures are taken to ensure all residents are eating and drinking enough?

Our staff monitor all our residents regularly throughout the day. If a resident is losing a lot of weight or prone to dehydration, the nurse will put them on a food and fluid chart. This is where everything they eat and drink is documented as part of their care plan. Families are able to look at these charts too.

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