‘Meet and eat’ lunches on menu for de­men­tia pa­tients

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A BRAND new mouth­wa­ter­ing of­fer­ing at East Cheshire Hospice is set to whet the ap­petite of Macclesfield din­ers.

The first meet and eat lunch specif­i­cally for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers and their car­ers takes place this Fri­day, Septem­ber 30 and is part of a pro­gramme to make the hospice more of a com­mu­nity hub.

The new lunch ser­vice is the brain­child of gen­eral ser­vices man­ager Rob Kind, who hopes it will grow in the com­ing months.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into mak­ing these lunches de­men­ti­afriendly with spe­cially de­signed cut­lery and plates mak­ing it eas­ier for din­ers to iden­tify the food,” said Rob.

“Our aim is to of­fer a friendly and invit­ing meal to those with de­men­tia and their car­ers who might feel a bit iso­lated or alone. We’re not cut­ting any cor­ners and will be us­ing top qual­ity, lo­cally-sourced pro­duce.”

Meet and eat lunches have been of­fered at the hospice for the last three years and were in­spired by the TV per­son­al­i­ties, The Hairy Bik­ers.

This new ex­ten­sion to the pro­gramme is be­ing sup­ported by a grant from the Eq­uity Founda- tion which is part of the Eq­uity Hous­ing Group, a so­cial hous­ing provider based in Stock­port.

The lunches will take place once a month and more places will be of­fered in the fu­ture.

For fur­ther en­quiries con­tact Katie Law­son at the hospice on 01625 433477 or klaw­son@ echos­pice.or.uk.

●● Rob Kind

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