Pioneering nutrition and hydration stations have been introduced at Buckingham Lodge, Anchor’s new residential care home in Aylesbury, which opened this week.

Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people, is installing the stations at Buckingham Lodge as part of a nutrition and hydration initiative that will eventually see them fitted in all Anchor care homes.

The new nutrition and hydration stations will be stocked with a variety of snacks and soft drinks to enable residents to graze all day, ensuring everyone in the care home is hydrated and well fed at all times.

Wendy Luck, Home Manager at Buckingham Lodge care home, said: “Although we specialise in dementia care, the nutrition and hydration stations are for all our residents and will have a real positive impact on their day-to-day lives.

“Loss of weight is a real issue for older people nationwide, whether they are living in a care home or in their own homes. These new nutrition and hydration stations will encourage Buckingham Lodge residents to remain hydrated, especially on hot days.

“They’re also particularly beneficial for people living with dementia, many of whom like to wander; the stations provide easy access to food and drinks throughout the home so that residents can move around freely, maintaining their independence and receiving the nutrients they need.”

Before introducing the nutrition and hydration stations, each care home will undertake risk assessments to ensure that any residents who have difficulty eating or special dietary requirements remain properly protected and cared for.

Buckingham Lodge became the first Anchor care home to feature the nutrition and hydration stations when it opened on 27 April; the stations will then be standard in all of Anchor’s new care homes, such as Moore Place and Clayburn Court which are opening this year.

Richard Herne, Anchor’s Catering Manager, commented: “These nutrition and hydration stations are a fantastic development, which reflects Anchor’s ethos of giving residents as much control as possible over their day-to-day decisions.

“Buckingham Lodge residents will be free to choose from a mixture of high-calorie snacks and nibbles, as well as juices and other cold soft drinks to help keep them hydrated and provide them with vital vitamins and minerals.

“We also demonstrated the stations to other Anchor care homes at the Home Managers Care Conference in Peterborough on 28 April, which was a great chance for colleagues to see the benefits for themselves – I hope everyone will share in my enthusiasm now and help us take the initiative nationwide.”

Buckingham Lodge will provide care for older people, as well as specialist dementia care.  Meticulously finished to a very high standard, Buckingham Lodge offers en suite rooms for up to 64 residents in a light, spacious and elegant setting. The home will provide 24 hour care and support in a warm and considerate environment. High quality, nourishing cuisine will be served in the dining rooms and there will be a café, lounges, a hair salon and landscaped gardens for residents to enjoy.

You can find more information on Buckingham Lodge care home here.

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