It’s No Secret That Good Food Goes Hand In Hand With Good Health & Well-Being

That’s why food is both a focus and a celebration at CraigCare. Our seasonal menus are designed by our chefs, food experts, residents and families.

Enjoy Our Delicious Home-Cooked Meals Using The Freshest Ingredients

All meals are freshly prepared onsite in our fully equipped commercial kitchens, in accordance with Australian Aged Care Menu Standards and Dietitians Australia.

Our qualified Chefs and catering team are dedicated to serving high quality meals that combine great presentation, colour, flavour, texture and aroma.

We use only A-grade fresh produce.

We offer residents a wide choice of options throughout each day across breakfast, lunch and dinner service, and all mid-meal snacks. These options may include buffet continental breakfasts, regular cooked breakfasts, a choice of up to five menu options for both lunch and dinner, and 24-hour snacks (which may vary depending on the home).

Residents can choose not only what they would like to eat from our menu, but also what time and where they would like to dine. We warmly welcome families and friends to enjoy a family dinner in our homes for a nominal cost.

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Individualised Meal Plans Are Provided For All Specific Dietary Requirements

When it comes to our menu planning, individualised meal plans are provided for all specific dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, gluten and lactose intolerance). We cater for all forms of texture modified meals, based on the recommendations of our speech pathologists. Our catering team is fully trained in the preparation and serving of all meals in accordance with the International Diet Dysphasia Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI).

All menus are developed in close consultation with our in-house dietitian to ensure they are of the highest nutritional standard.

We ensure our catering service meets the culturally specific needs of our residents. For example, in our Plumpton Villa home, several residents are of Italian background; hence the additional pasta choices provided for their main meals.

Our residents and families play a big part in menu development. Each home conducts regular food focus groups where residents and families are invited to provide input for our meal and menu development. We also welcome and encourage feedback at any time. Tell us what your favourite meals are, or share your favourite recipes with us, and we will do our best to incorporate these into our ever-changing menu.

Each homes displays the four-week menu and the daily menu in each dining room for residents to view.

Creating Positive Mealtime Experiences Through Great Food And Great Service

Food Is At the Centre of Celebration

We run monthly food celebrations. These may be cultural, religious or social celebrations such as St Patrick’s Day, Octoberfest, World Chocolate Day, and special events such as:

Speak To An Aged Care Expert

We’re here to help and support you in any way we can. If you want to speak to an aged care expert, please contact our friendly Admissions team by calling 0468 718 856 or click here to submit an online enquiry.

Meet Our National Hotel Services Manager
and Dietitian

Our catering team comprises eight Head Chefs, 25 chefs and cooks, and over 150 food service staff across our eight homes.

Ian Burman

National Hotel Services Manager

The CraigCare catering team is led by our innovative Hotel Services Manager, Ian Burman, who has 45 years’ experience in the food and dining industry – 20 of those years specialising in the aged care sector.

Ian is a qualified Chef and Food Safety Supervisor. He is highly regarded in the sector as a food and dining specialist with a strong person-centred approach to the food and dining experience.

For Ian, the most rewarding part of his job is being able to shape policy and procedures continually to ensure we are always striving to improve all aspects of the food and dining experience for our residents.

Alessandra La Mattina

Alessandra La Mattina

Dietitian

Since 2019, Alessandra has worked at CraigCare as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (as recognised by Dietitians Association of Australia).

She works alongside both the catering and clinical care teams to provide evidence-based dietary and nutrition advice, ensuring the specific nutritional needs of each of our residents are met to the highest standard. Alessandra works closely with the National Hotel Services Manager and Head Chefs to develop seasonal menus that provide a wide variety of choices, are culturally inclusive, and cater to residents’ individual preferences – while always meeting their nutritional needs.

Alessandra also delivers ongoing education around nutrition and the food and dining experience to all staff in our homes, regardless of position. This ensures a whole of team approach to the nutrition and wellbeing of our residents.

What Others Say About Our Food and Dining Experience

A Closer Look At Our Menu Options

At CraigCare, we mix the old favourites with the new. From bangers and mash or fish and chips to creamy oat porridge with banana and cinnamon or braised chicken, red onion, apricots and lemon thyme with white bean puree. Tell us what your favourite meals are and we will be sure to do our best to include this in our ever-changing menu.

What Others Say About Our Food & Dining Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

 

We run food focus groups with our residents at each of our homes to understand their likes and dislikes and favourite dishes. 

 

We have our in-house dieticians to guide on nutrition. 

 

All our menus are endorsed by dieticians and each meal is nutritionally evaluated. 

 

We seek advice from industry leading chefs and cooks in aged care such as Maggie Beer’s recipes for residential aged care. 

 

We respect the many different cultural backgrounds of our residents and ensure our menus reflect this through Italian and Chinese dishes served regularly, for example. 

 

We are also more than happy to accommodate individualised meal plans for our residents with specific dietary requirements. 

Across all CraigCare homes we offer food molds for residents who are on texture modified diets because of swallowing difficulties. 

 

These meals are beautifully presented; as we all know food presentation is the key to pulling all five senses into the experience of eating. 

Absolutely. 

 

We welcome and encourage family members to join their loved ones for a meal. 

 

There is only a minimal cost involved in this. 

Yes, Absolutely. 

 

Many of our residents enjoy a wine or beer with dinner or a sherry or port after dinner. 

 

They’ve always done this before so why would they want to stop now?

At CraigCare, our residents choose where they would like to have their meals. 

They can choose to have their meals in the main dining room, delivered to their room or another location within the home (e.g. the gardens or outdoor areas or verandas).

Seasonally. 

 

Only high-quality and fresh ingredients from accredited suppliers are used.

Our food and dining service consists of breakfast, morning tea, a hot lunch, afternoon tea, a hot dinner with dessert and supper. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and snacks are also available 24/7.

Make An Enquiry

If you have any questions about CraigCare, our friendly Admissions team will be happy to help. Please contact them by calling 0468 718 856 or by completing the form below to send an online message.