Finley among best
Finley Regional Care believes it has the ability to compete among the best aged care facilities in the country after it was nominated for a Facility Catering Services award.
Held at the Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards, FRC was nominated among four aged care facilities for the most prestigious awards presented on the night.
FRC’s operations manager Tanya Coulter and head chef Lisa Healy attended the Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards and were overwhelmed with how “big of a deal” it was for FRC to be nominated.
While not winning the award — which was claimed by south east Melbourne based Lifeview — Ms Coulter was still impressed to just be nominated.
‘‘We didn’t realise the Facility Catering Award was the biggest for the night,’’ she said.
‘‘Next time we will be putting Finley Regional Care forward in more categories. We can match it with the big players any day of the week.
‘‘FRC must be innovative, creative in the food and nutrition if we’re to win next time.
‘‘We’ve hired an apprentice chef and that will allow Lisa more time to work on the menu and to put those plans into action.’’
FRC was nominated for its use of the program SoupedUp, a catering software company designed for aged care.
Ms Coulter said SoupedUp has helped to improve communication between staff and residents with food menus.
‘‘We follow their menus and they provide really good software.
‘‘We’re introducing SoupedUp onto our iPad so our staff can go around and show the residents pictures of the food.
‘‘We’re evolving our menu and sometimes the residents are curious to what they’re being served, so this provides us an opportunity to do so.
‘‘It serves different cognitive abilities, for example with our deaf and hearing impaired residents they can just point to what they’d like,’’ Ms Coulter said.
Finley Regional Care head chef Lisa Healy and operations manager Tanya Coulter at the Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards.