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Eldercare and leading chefs looking at ways to ensure residents enjoy a 'good food life'

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013

The future of food in aged care was the topic for discussion at a two-day thinktank held in November in Adelaide.

Leading Australian chefs Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant and Peter Morgan-Jones joined several representatives from Eldercare, along with industry partners and researchers from University of South Australia to share their perspectives and experience.

A meet-and-greet luncheon was held at Allambi, Eldercare’s aged care facility in Glengowrie on the first day. The following day the group travelled to Maggie Beer’s restaurant in the Barossa, and then shared a lunch prepared by Maggie at her home nearby.

Some of the questions posed to the group were: “If you wanted to change the culture around food in aged care, what would you do?”

The group discussed topics ranging from wider policy and practice standards to increasing the profile of chefs in aged care to attract younger chefs to the industry.

This is the first step towards establishing a community of people passionate about improving food in aged care and ensuring residents at aged care homes enjoy a ‘good food life.’

Discussions will continue in the coming months, with the group aiming to meet regularly. The group welcomes participation from other academic and industry partners.

For more information please contact Sandra Ullrich at Eldercare on sandra.ullrich@eldercare.net.au

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For more information on how Eldercare is working to improve the mealtime experiences of residents, refer to our newsletter Eldercare Matters, Winter 2013 and our upcoming Summer 2013 edition.