for Care Homes
Prepared for The Food Standards Agency
Luci Daniels, August 2006
(Revised September 2007)
Contract Reference: NUB 246
To develop a one-week example menu plan, menu 1, with recipes and full
nutrient analysis for older people, over 75 years, in care homes, to assist care
caterers in menu planning.
A further one-week menu cycle, menu 2, is also included.
Menus to be created must include foods and dishes close to current provision
in care homes, as shown in provided menus and other information.
Menus should include at least 5 portions daily of fruit and vegetables, and oily
fish to be included at least once over the week.
Food based guidelines for menu planners should be followed.
The menu specification was set out in contract ref: NUB 246 with maximum
and minimum targets for macronutrients and micronutrients. Target daily
intakes were set at 98% for total fat, saturated fat, NMES and salt and more
than 100% for the micronutrients where there is an insufficiency.
Derived nutrient values for nutrient-based standards:
Standards and Targets
Standards and targets for macro and micronutrients at each meal occasion
and over the day were set to meet the percentages in Table 1:
Table 1. %Standards and Targets for Residential Care Homes
Percentage of daily intake
Total /sat fat, sugar, salt
Vitamins and minerals