Dining and Eating areas in Care Homes

Making the dining area as appealing to the senses as possible with familiar sounds, smells and food can help make eating an enjoyable social activity.

Address eating difficulties

Nutrition and hydration are vitally important to everyone. But for a person living with dementia eating and drinking becomes more difficult as the dementia progresses, with people often withdrawing from these important daily routines.

Create a home-like environment

 Use colourful tablecloths, a menu board on the wall, and small tables limiting the number of people on each table.

Make the food stand out

By introducing coloured crockery that contrasts food, residents have been found to eat more  because they  see their food more clearly.