Offmore Farm Residential Home near Kidderminster’s town centre, has received a prestigious ‘Gold’ rating in Worcestershire Regulatory Services’ Healthier Choices Food Award scheme (HCFA).
Under the guidance of Manager Cheryl Burge, and her staff of 45 dedicated employees, Offmore passed its environmental inspection with flying colours, and Cheryl decided that it would be a good idea to apply for HCFA accreditation too.
The Home was awarded HCFA Gold, on account of the variety of healthy and flexible menu options, using locally produced ingredients, it offers to both its 28 permanent residents and daycare visitors.
The team received the accolade from Environmental Health Officer, Amy Worboys and Justyna Rak, a University of Worcester undergraduate on work placement.
Offmore Farm Residential Home is a beautiful, privately owned Georgian building set in 1.15 acres of tranquil gardens overlooking a rural landscape and it has been established for 11 years.
Said Cheryl: “We pride ourselves on setting a very high standard to earn an excellent reputation. We don’t advertise, so people know about us mainly through word of mouth.
When it comes to providing meals for those in our care, we work closely with GPs and hospitals, but also with the residents themselves. We have to cater for a number of dietary requirements including low fat, gluten-free and diabetic, and we ask our residents what they like, too. There is no point cooking meals they don’t care for!
We wanted to achieve HCFA status as recognition for the standards we set every day. It’s important for the staff and for residents and their families to know that we are doing well.
Of course being an HCFA member enhances our business credentials and comes with other benefits too such as nutritional analysis of recipes, discounted training for our staff and networking through informative events. I would urge other food providers to enquire about the scheme.”