Residents at Herald Lodge care home in Coventry enjoyed a slice of fun as the home hosted an Italian pop-up restaurant called ‘Little Italy’. The café area was decorated with Italian flags and red and white accessories to enhance the theme of the evening and staff dressed up as waiters to complete the restaurant experience.
Herald Lodge, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, understands the importance of nutrition within the care home environment and the pop-up restaurant is another step to ensure that the dining experience at the home is first class. For many residents, they will have celebrated special occasions by dining out throughout their life time, but now their needs have reached a point where getting out of the home to visit a restaurant is difficult. The pop-up restaurant is therefore their opportunity to once again have a full restaurant experience and gives them a sense of occasion. Residents are required to book a table prior to the evening and they can then enjoy an a la carte menu and receive full table service with families invited to dine with their relatives.
Herald Lodge residents were keen for the restaurant to have an Italian theme. They said ‘buon appetito’ as they tucked into a gourmet feast of soup or bruschetta to start, meatballs or pizza for main and cheesecake or ice cream for dessert. The evening was concluded with tea, coffee and chocolates. There was an opera singer on hand to heighten the atmosphere and residents commented that they felt like they were on holiday!
Jean Simpson, Home Manager at Herald Lodge, explains the benefit of the pop up restaurant experience. She said “Little Italy was a great success at Herald Lodge – the residents are still talking about it now. Some residents struggle at mealtimes and it was great to see that this experience completely transformed them for the evening. The staff loved it too, everyone got into the spirit of the event!”.
Herald Lodge provides residential and dementia care for 42 local older people. Through a varied programme of activities, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. After the success of Little Italy, everyone is looking forward to another pop-up restaurant once the residents have decided which theme to go for next!