Master Chef and Activity

Venturi Healthcare recently held the 2019 “Master Chef and Activity” style competition for the seven care homes within the group. As you will see from our previous news stories we have held this competition each year in preparation for Christmas, previously Mother Redcaps have been runners up in the competition, however this time they managed to secure first place for their creative table design!

The homes Activity Coordinators were asked to create a Christmas table centre piece/decoration for the residents to enjoy whilst tucking in to their hearty Christmas meal. The chefs were tasked with serving up a delicious Christmas Day signature dish.

Entries were judged on presentation, taste, texture, imagination and creativity skills. The competition was fierce and the team of judges did deliberate for some time, they took in to account all aspects of the meals and table settings provided and concluded Vikki, our Activity Coordinator from Mother Redcaps Care Home to be the winner of the Christmas table design.

It was clear that Vikki had taken in to account every resident at Mother Redcaps when designing her Christmas place setting. Not only, did she consider those residents that are more able, she also thought about residents who have Dementia by up-cycling her Christmas table clothes, adding tactile elements to the rim. These sensory designs have been found to reduce anxiety and stress levels of individuals who suffer from Dementia. The design was created taking in to account the residents likes and dislikes and had a 1950s theme running throughout, this theme was chosen as it is the decade many of the residents remember so fondly from their younger years. Vikki included photos of the residents from the 1950s to spark memories and conversation around the dinner table and held a crafts day whereby the residents designed their own place setting based on a vinyl LP.

This initiative has encouraged both our Activity Coordinators and Chefs to share best practice and ideas with one another, promoting a wide range of options for the Residents.

Jenna Bethell, Head of HR said:

Vikki presented her design to the team with enthusiasm and passion, it was evident she had taken in to account resident individual likes and dislikes and the 1950s theme was a brilliant idea! She discussed her design process with ease and it was wonderful to see how she intended to involve all residents in the creative process. Vikki truly deserved to win this award, she displayed a person centred approach throughout and made it clear that the residents Christmas Day would be one to remember!