Hunger is not only a problem in developing countries. It is known as a global problem. Food banks (private institutions that collect non-marketable but high-quality food products and use it to compile (food) packages that are provided free of charge to people who are unable to make ends meet) are working overtime. In addition, nursing homes and hospitals have to deal with malnutrition of residents and / or patients.
Facility Management is usually responsible for the provision of food and beverages in hospitals, offices, schools and other organizations. Healthy and tasty food ensures that guests feel happier and more energetic.
Nursing home ‘De DrieGasthuizenGroep’ in Arnhem has started a new food concept, called Fingerfood. The concept is implemented under the direction of the Facility Director Hospitality, Holland Food and the speech therapy organisation Parago. The purpose of this concept is to prevent malnutrition among elderly people.
The concept consists of small portions during the day. So instead of one meal, this meal is divided into 3 portions. Hence the name Fingerfood. Elderly people have an increasingly higher classification of care when they move to a nursing home. It is observed that elderly people face increasing difficulties regarding eating, cutlery usage, and are more often afraid of swallowing the wrong way. Fingerfood helps to retain their independence and dignity when it comes to eating. Smaller portions rise food awareness, which ultimately prevents malnutrition.
Several aspects are important to make this concept a success:
- Variation in taste and presentation;
- Preservation of nutrition;
- Keeping it recognisable;
- Food temperature;
- Commitment employees and chefs;
- Informing family.