West Herts College hosts first dementia friendly restaurant service
West Herts College is proud to have hosted Watford’s first dementia friendly meal in the on-site restaurant in partnership with Watford Borough Council. Our students served as waiters and were trained as Dementia Friends to ensure their high performance at this event.
This was the first of many meals that will be hosted every last Thursday of the month, specially designed to be suitable for those with dementia. The features of this dementia-friendly lunch included calming music and a tasty but uncomplicated meal.
The meal was a great opportunity for the students, as well as the guests they were serving. Our Food Academy students had the opportunity to practise an increased level of sensitivity alongside their already high standard of service.
Guests to this meal attended with their carers and enjoyed a meal that was described as “phenomenal” in the feedback that we received. It was a great opportunity for people suffering from dementia, as well as family members or carers, to meet people in a similar situation to themselves.
Andy Wakeford, Head of the Food Academy, said “It can be a struggle for people with dementia to go out and meet new people, as everyday tasks become much more complicated. A meal such as ours that acknowledges and attempts to alleviate that issue can make a massive difference to their daily lives.”
One guest described how their mother, who has early onset dementia, was delighted all day after the meal, and into the next morning. This then led to her dressing herself first thing in the morning and getting ready for the day ahead – something that rarely happens.
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