Hawkhill enjoy food tasting to stimulate the senses

Hawkhill Care Home in Milltimber, Aberdeen, yesterday held a food tasting event for residents and relatives.

The idea was for our residents to try different foods that are not usually on the menu at Hawkhill House, but also food that they may like to include in the weekly menus.

For residents who may be losing interest in food and participating in mealtimes – an activity that focuses on stimulating the senses can provide the key to encouraging them to eat or being able to enjoy food again. For some, an activity that encourages sharing of memories related to food may be a powerful and positive experience.

Food is also a great topic for conversation, either in groups or one-to-one. The smell of food – such as freshly baked bread or freshly brewed coffee – can evoke memories of the past and is a powerful way of stimulating appetites and conversation.

New menus included:

Spicy Chicken Bites

Ham and Russian Pasta

Bread and Jam Pudding

The food raised a lot of discussion and comments, the residents

MR commented, “The pasta is ok but I’m not over keen, the pudding I liked very much.”

JG said, “The chicken was a little greasy for my taste, the pasta is ok for tea time, and the pudding was very nice!”

MG said “The chicken was tasty but too dry, and the pudding was very nice.”

LE said “Very tasty, surprisingly nice and colourful, the pudding would be a very nice end to a cold day.”

SW commented “The chicken was good but needed a sauce, and the pudding was fine if you like hot bread and jam, I prefer cold sweets.”

SB said “The pasta was good, and the chicken was very good, I would like to have the pudding in the menu!”

MZ said “I love food tasting and am looking forward to the next time.”

PB said “I think the pudding needs a crispy, sugary, spicy topping.”

PZ commented “I think the chicken was good, but I do not like cold pasta.”

We will definitely be taking all comments on board for future menus and look forward to our next food tasting session!

Hawkhill House provides specialist nursing and dementia care in a purpose built environment for up to 43 elderly people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Hawkhill House and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5322 or hawkhill@CaringHomes.org.

Hawkhill House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Mel Shearer


234 North Deeside Road,
AB13 0DQ

0808 223 5322
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely