Published: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Residents at Bowbridge Court care home in Newark enjoyed a healthy portion of fun as the home hosted a pop-up restaurant. The café area was decorated to enhance the atmosphere and staff dressed up as waiters to complete the restaurant experience.
Bowbridge Court, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, understands the importance of nutrition within the care home environment and the pop-up restaurant is another step to ensure that the dining experience at the home is first class. For many residents, they will have celebrated special occasions by dining out throughout their life time, but now their needs have reached a point where getting out of the home to visit a restaurant is difficult. The pop-up restaurant is therefore their opportunity to once again have a full restaurant experience and gives them a sense of occasion. Residents are required to book a table prior to the evening and they can then enjoy an a la carte menu and receive full table service with families invited to dine with their relatives.
The conversation flowed for diners, as they tucked into a gourmet feast of prawns or salmon to start, steak or chicken for main and cheesecake or profiteroles for dessert. The evening was concluded with the home’s chef giving every female diner a single rose to thank them for coming. There was a singer on hand to heighten the atmosphere and residents commented that they felt like they were really in a restaurant.
It was a very special evening for Irene Smith, as the date would have been her 71st wedding anniversary. She enjoyed the meal with the daughter, remembering her late husband, and even singing a few of his favourite songs. Irene said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It felt so much like an actual restaurant that I wished I had really dressed up for the occasion!”.
Catherine Goddard, Regional Activities Executive for Bowbridge Court, explains the benefit of the pop up restaurant experience. She said “The evening was a great success at Bowbridge Court – the residents are still talking about it now. Some residents struggle at mealtimes and it was great to see that this experience completely transformed them for the evening. The staff loved it too, everyone got into the spirit of the event!”.
Bowbridge Court provides residential and dementia care for 54 local older people. Through a varied programme of activities, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. After the success of their first pop-up restaurant, everyone is looking forward to the next one, once the residents have decided which theme to go for next!