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                time to veg out!
You may be surprised to learn that there’s a charity for older vegetarians and vegans!
Vegetarians for Life (VfL) was established in 2008 to promote that no-one should be forced to give up on their dietary preferences (or needs) just because they are older or go in to care.
Merlin Court Care Home, operated by Avery Healthcare, is a proud member of VfL’s directory, a 1,300 strong list of veggie- friendly organisations in the UK. Even as a recent member,
the company has been nominated in VfL’s 2019 Awards for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering, with the finals in London in October.
Amanda Woodvine, VfL Chief Executive, commented “Approaching half a million people over 65 now live in care homes, and the number of vegetarians and vegans has trebled in five years. They and their families have understandable concerns that their dietary needs and preferences can be met, with food prepared separately to meat products, and a variety every day from a chef who takes the time to understand their needs.”
Merlin Court chefs provide first-class vegetarian and vegan options, which take into account religious and cultural dietary needs as well as resident dining preferences and awareness; many find it a lighter option to eat vegetarian, whilst others see the current topic around whether we should reduce our dependency upon meat and move towards a more vegetarian diet to support planet resource sustainability.
Merlin Court is attractively situated in quiet mature gardens next to the Common in the historic town of Marlborough and delivers the highest standards in care and senior well-being. There are no joining fees, it’s all-inclusive no matter how much care you need and spacious rooms come fully furnished to a high standard.
For more, call 01672 481158 or search ‘Merlin Court Care’ online or on Facebook.
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