A superficial examination might suggest that restaurants and care homes have little in common, beyond the obvious fact that both are types of commercial concerns that cater for customers or residents. A more detailed study shows that these businesses have much in common, especially when it comes to the important matter of food preparation. Each is obliged, by both legal constraints and also by financial considerations, to provide food that is well made and healthy in an environment where all health and safety considerations are met. To this extent restaurants and care homes have many similarities and both types of business will benefit from a professionally designed commercial kitchen.
Hotel & Restaurant Kitchens
The use of a professional company which specialises in the design of a kitchen restaurant will add immeasurably to the efficiency of any food producing business. A properly planned kitchen is a place where raw and completed product moves swiftly and efficiently from storage area, to preparation areas, to the customer with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of efficiency. There are no potentially dangerous blockages or squeeze points and no items of equipment projecting in an awkward manner, ready to produce an accident. Freed from these purely practical concerns by efficient design the staff are thus free to devote their attention to the matter of producing and serving the best meals possible and they are thus likely to promote customer satisfaction. A commercially designed kitchen is also one that has been designed to comply with all the relevant health and safety legislation, an important consideration in any establishment that is liable to the scrutiny of the local authorities.
Care Home Kitchens
Similarly considerations apply when the advantages of designing kitchens in a care home are subjected to scrutiny. Care homes naturally wish to produce good food for the residents and wish this food to be produced in a speedy and efficient manner. Care homes are subject to the same health and safety concerns as any other food producing establishment and will thus benefit from the attention of a company with expertise in the design for kitchens in care homes. A well designed care home kitchen will also have other advantages; some residents will have conditions that have to be treated by the immediate consumption of a small meal or snack and this will be much more easily facilitated in a professionally planned and properly organised care home kitchen.
It can thus be seen that not only are there similarities between the superficially dissimilar businesses of running care homes and restaurants but also that both types of concern will benefit considerably from the attentions of a company which specialises in such designs. This is true whether a kitchen is being created from scratch in a new business or whether a kitchen is being refurbished in a major or even a minor fashion. Even the simple matter of installing a new item of catering equipment can have the potential to seriously disrupt the smooth running of a kitchen, by, for example, creating a new choke point. The use of a commercial design company can predict this potential problem before it ever arises.