You cannot have blah food in a long-term care facility! “Blah” is simply not appealing in any way! Our residents may have diminished appetites and may need additional vitamins to safeguard aging bones, but they still want food that looks good and tastes good.
Our residents have individualized care plans. Our teams of staff look at each person in our care, and they evaluate their specific needs. If they notice that a resident is losing weight (or gaining too much weight), they will adjust their dietary intake. Of course, they monitor closely the amounts of food and beverages each resident consumes, and if they aren’t eating or drinking, they assess the problem. Occasionally, that assessment reveals something as simple as the fact that the resident doesn’t like the way some of our food tastes. Typically, we identify factors that are more complicated … but we always address the issues.
We like to lure our residents to our dining rooms with aromas of delicious food cooking away in our kitchen. We like to plate colorful food that glistens and whets their appetites. The last step, for us, is to serve food that is deliciously savory and buttery. We want our food to be crispy when it should be and smooth and creamy … when it should be! We like to have popular foods such as pizza or stir-fried vegetables. We like to give our residents a choice in menu planning, and comfort food remains their favorite!
We never ignore the ‘sweet tooth’ either! Who doesn’t love homemade cookies? We all do and sometimes our residents pitch in and help create these yummy treats to share!
Providing really good food is another way we provide Care You Can Trust!