A care home manager was given a poo ‘stool scale’ birthday cake – because she’s always asking the OAPs if they are regular.
Louise Lambert said her 40th was a day she will “never forget” after the unusual surprise was wheeled out at Ashcombe House in Basingstoke, Hants.
Her cake was designed to look like the ‘Bristol stool scale’ – something most people who have worked in care and nursing will have come across.
The chart is used to classify human faeces into one of seven categories, which can then diagnose other health issues.
Colleague Michelle Martin said staff decided to bake the particular cake because Louise is constantly monitoring residents’ poo.
She said: “It really was an amazing day and surprise. The cake was fantastic.
“It’s because she’s obsessed with bowel movements and making sure the residents are regular. They then line it up what number is it [on the scale].
“That’s a big issue in care homes – to make sure people are going and, if they aren’t, why not.”
Louise added: “I have never been more shocked and surprised. The residents and staff have done an amazing job.
“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate my big birthday with my residents who love life and enjoy having fun. It’s a birthday I will never forget!”
The cake was baked by head chef Vicky Holloway.
The ‘Bristol stool scale’ was developed at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1997 as a clinical assessment tool and is now used in countries around the world.