LOCAL NEWS: Oakdale care home in finals for National Care Home Award


Bournemouth-based Encore Care Homes will find out on 11th September 2020 whether the hard work of their Oakdale Care Home Head Chef David Black, has won them the award for Best Nutrition, Food or Dining Experience in the National Care Home Awards 2020. 

The event, which was originally set to take place in May but was postponed in light of the pandemic, honours those who have worked tirelessly to provide exceptional and innovative caring environments for their residents. It will be hosted virtually by TV announcer and ‘Voice of the Balls’ Alan Dedicoat on Friday 11th September 2020. 

In considering the work of David Black and his catering team, the judges were particularly impressed with the consideration given to the history and current medication of the residents of Oakdale Care Home in Poole, part of the Encore Care Homes family. Using this information as a guide, the team endeavour to provide food that will fit with the residents’ personal circumstances, recognising the vital role of nutrition in their care. 

Speaking about their efforts, David Black said: “Preparing freshly cooked, nutritional meals is a top priority for me and this is something that I have been delivering from the outset. I strive to inject passion and personality into our meals, that will not only provide our residents with their nutritional needs, but it also makes the dining experience enjoyable and continually varied.

“When creating the weekly menu, we take into consideration all of our residents’ specific requirements and ensure that we are producing balanced meals that both appeal to the taste buds but also have a positive impact on their health. There are often many misconceptions that are made surrounding an elderly person’s diet. For example, it is necessary to incorporate some fat into the diet. Omega fats that are commonly found in oily fish can help to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Lindsay Rees, Head of Care and Quality Assurance at Encore Care Homes believes it is this personal touch that  allows them to provide excellent care across their care homes in Poole and Bournemouth. She added: “I am extremely delighted that David Black and his team have received this recognition for their hard work at Oakdale care home. This passion and commitment to the food and nutrition of residents is what sets us apart in the care industry. It’s always very satisfying to see the personal touch that our staff extend to all our residents throughout Encore.”

For more information about Encore Care Homes, call them on 01202 878149, or visit their website


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