Fin­ley among best

Southern Riverina news - - NSW ELECTION RESULTS -

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.

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