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We are very proud to share the news that Encore Care Homes has been recognised for the second year running at the national Care Home Awards 2020. Our Poole based care home Oakdale has recently been announced as a finalist for the category of Best Nutrition, Food or Dining Experience!

The award nomination is focused on the work of our Oakdale Head Chef, David Black and his catering team. The judges have been especially impressed by his considered approach to each resident’s past medical history and how current medication affects their interaction with food. The Care Home Awards 2020 takes place on May 15 in London.

David and our Encore team recognise that food and nutrition is a very important element of the care that a resident receives.

Speaking with David, he said: “Preparing freshly cooked, nutritional meals is a top priority for me and this is something that I have been delivering from the outset. I strive to inject passion and personality into our meals, that will not only provide our residents with their nutritional needs, but it also makes the dining experience enjoyable and continually varied.”

He added: “When creating the weekly menu, we take into consideration all of our residents’ specific requirements and ensure that we are producing balanced meals that both appeal to the taste buds but also have a positive impact on their health. There are often many misconceptions that are made surrounding an elderly person’s diet. For example, it is necessary to incorporate some fat into the diet. Omega fats that are commonly found in oily fish can help to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Rachel Dryden, Chief Executive of Encore, said: “I am extremely delighted that David Black and his team have received this recognition for their hard work at Oakdale care home. This passion and commitment to the food and nutrition of residents is what sets us apart in the care industry. It’s always very satisfying to see the personal touch that our staff extend to all our residents throughout Encore.”

Oakdale is a purpose-built care home supporting 84 residents, offering residential, nursing and dementia care. Situated in Poole, the home is at the centre of the local community and only a short drive from Poole town centre and Canford Heath.

The home is part of the Encore family that includes Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Hamble Heights in Fareham.

If you would like to find out more information about Encore Care Homes and Oakdale please call 01202 878149 or visit www.encorecarehomes.co.uk