NACC launches workshops to improve mealtimes for those with a dementia

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has launched a dedicated training workshop to support the care sector with the challenges of catering for people living with a dementia.

Delivered by Dr David Sheard, the CEO and founder of Dementia Care Matters, the one-day training workshop will teach care caterers and providers how to look beyond the serving of food and turn mealtimes into beneficial, meaningful experiences.

The first training workshop takes place on Thursday 1 December 2016 at Aimia Food Limited in Haydock, Merseyside. The second is on Friday 3 February 2017 at Brakes in Covent Garden, London.

Participants will gain valuable understanding, knowledge and tools to help them move away from mechanical, task-driven dining and implement person-centred, quality care during mealtimes for people living with a dementia.

Neel Radia - high resNeel Radia, (righj) national chair of the NACC, said: “Training is vital when it comes to meeting the specific challenges of catering for older people who may be vulnerable and the NACC is committed to supporting the sector with relevant, progressive information and guidance. The new workshops will challenge the status quo and offer new perspectives and approaches to ensure those people living with a dementia thrive through positive food and mealtime experiences. Dr David Sheard is inspirational and I guarantee the sessions will be enjoyable and emotional, and most importantly beneficial to those living with a dementia entrusted to our care.”

The one-day training workshop costs £130+VAT for NACC members and £199+VAT for non-members. Bookings are being taken now via the NACC office on 08707 480 180 /



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  1. It has been a long time coming, my mother had demtia and lived in a home for a while. At mealtimes the residents looked bored and fed up which made it hard to encourage my mother (she wasn’t alone) to eat. Mundane no colour. We offer tea time activity for homes by way of afternoon tea settings, where residents who are able to participate, have their tables set with vibrant tablecloths and vintage tableware. This can take them back to their earlier years, making tea time meals stimulating, familiar or reminiscent to encourage eating and conversation. We have also found that Low
    music in the background of their earlier years encourages some to remember lyrics and sing, including people who have language impairment. Our passion is to make memorable moments, through tailoring the activity to meet the needs of the people that we serve.

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