Atria Scandinavia’s Foodservice offers traditional home-made food that appeals to elder generations and meets their needs. Several retirement homes in various parts of Sweden have successfully hosted “Foods That We Remember” theme weeks.
We all have our favourite foods, and older people living in retirement homes are no exception. Food culture and eating habits change as years go by. When we grow old, we begin to miss familiar, traditional flavours – this is what Atria Foodservice has taken into consideration in Sweden.
Foodservice has put together a menu for older people entitled “Foods That We Remember”. The menu consists of 32 tasty, traditional home-made dishes that bring people’s memories to life.
Idea triggered by critical discussion
In Sweden, around 90,000 elderly people live in retirement and nursing homes as well as homes for the demented. The Swedish media have long discussed the deficiencies in elderly care and especially in the food served to the aged. "Foods That We Remember Theme Week has been well received," says Martina Avasoo, Procuct Manager at Atria Scandinavia Foodservice.
“Foods That We Remember Theme Week has been very well received,” says Martina Avasoo, Product Manager at Atria Scandinavia Foodservice. This criticism gave Atria Foodservice the idea of focusing on simple, traditional home-made food – the kind of food that elderly people like. “We worked on this idea with a few municipalities and the bakery and dessert company Femtorp. We came up with a theme week during which elderly people are served traditional foods,” says Martina Avasoo, Product Manager in charge of traditional foods at Atria Scandinavia Foodservice.The recipes, chosen together with customers, are familiar from years gone by. Special attention was paid to the nutrient content of the foods.
“The theme week has been well received, and it has been organised in retirement homes across the country. Many people have provided feedback and told us that finally something fun is happening in elderly care,” Avasoo says.