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A proper diet is crucial to healthy living, regardless of age. That’s why many Assisted Living Communities (ALCs) provide one-on-one nutritional support for their residents.
Upon moving into a new ALC, seniors meet face-to-face with a certified dietician, who reviews their individual needs and creates a specific diet plan. This nutrition specialist first considers what foods Mom/Dad can or cannot have (i.e. – no sugar, low sodium, etc.).
The dietician then determines your loved one’s specific food preferences. It’s a collaborative meeting and allows residents the opportunity to choose foods they’ll enjoy. This eliminates the common, dreaded feeling of being on a diet. The nutrition specialist breaks down Mom’s/Dad’s meals, giving them variety and the proper amount of protein, carbs and fats they need every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure that residents are eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
An Assisted Living Community dietician typically takes detailed notes during these nutritional meetings and records them in a file. This is a safeguard measure that puts the entire community’s kitchen staff, including the chefs and waitresses, on the same page regarding your loved one’s dietary needs.
ALCs offer a hands-on nutritional care system that many seniors might otherwise not be able to provide for themselves at home.
Need help sorting through all the options for elder care? At Adult Care Advisors, we are here to help make this transition as easy as possible for you, and for your loved one. Call us today to discuss your situation so we can find the best options for YOU. 732-792-6407.