Stockport care home residents enjoy fruity fun to mark health week

Four Seasons chef Wayne Woolman and resident Joyce Paine enjoying a smoothie

Submitted by Diane Moon

Stockport care home residents celebrate Nutrition and Hydration week by helping to create fun and fruity recipes.

Residents at Four Seasons Bamford Grange Care Home, in Shaw Heath, Stockport, Greater Manchester have been helping the home’s chef come up with a variety of smoothie recipes.

The smoothie menu included flavors like peach melba, kiwi and mango and an unusual blend of peanut butter and banana which went down a treat.

Chef, Wayne Woolman, said: “As we get older our bodies may find it harder to store essential fats and sugars so it’s really important to make sure we eat and drink plenty of nutrients.

“Drinking smoothies is a good way to maintain a healthy weight and it’s great fun trying different ingredients. It’s easy to fortify smoothies by adding in high-energy foods like custard, ice cream, milk powder and honey to increase calories where needed.”


Food and drink play an important role in the care home whether it’s trying new things, bringing back fond memories, socialising with others, or providing comfort and stimulation as well as essential nutrition.

Residents also enjoy creating their own dishes as part of the home’s weekly Cookery Club where anything from curry to cakes to cocktails can be on the menu.

Ninety-nine-year-old resident Joyce Paine said: “I’ve really enjoyed trying all the different smoothies, they’re much more exciting than just eating a piece of fruit and makes it easy to get my five a day.

“I thought the peanut butter and banana one sounded a bit strange but it was definitely my favorite.”

Resident Nora Gilliver, 99, said: “I wouldn’t mind having smoothies more often.

“When I was younger I had a blueberry bush in my garden, they’re so good for you. I’m going to try a smoothie with blueberries in next as I love them.”

To see the residents’ smoothie recipes click here

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