Specialized Meal Programs 

Adapting Meals for People with Dietary Restrictions

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If an individual is on a special diet (low salt, diabetic or low saturated fat), the Basic Four Food Groups Guide (which follows) can still be used. However, because diets are prescribed to control a specific medical condition, certain foods may have to be eliminated, modified in the preparation, or limited in their intake. It is important that we obtain specific instructions from a registered dietitian or their doctor on which foods are allowed, how much food in a serving, and how the food should be prepared for the resident.

Since some foods or medications may interact with other medications and/or foods in a harmful way, check with the pharmacist as to which restrictions are in any medications' use before it is applied.

Food and Nutrition

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At Generations Center for Senior Living, we provide each resident a nourishing, palatable, well–balanced diet that meets daily nutritional and special dietary needs. Additionally, we:

  • Serve at least 3 meals a day at the normal times, there is no more than a 12-hour span between the evening meal and breakfast.
  • Offer snacks at bedtime for those who ask.
  • Can try our best to reasonably accommodate resident food and mealtime preferences
  • Offer a food substitute of similar nutritional value if a resident refuses food
  • Serve food appropriately, at the proper temperature, and in a form to meet individual needs
  • Prepare and follow menus that meet national dietary standards
  • Post the current and following week’s menus for regular and special diets
  • Prepare food using methods that conserve nutritive value, flavor and appearance
  • Provide therapeutic diets to residents with nutritional problems, subject to physician orders
  • Ensure that a resident’s ability to eat does not diminish unless it is medically unavoidable
  • Provide individualized help to residents who need assistance with meals, offering enough assistance and time so that residents can finish meals
  • Provide special eating utensils to residents who need them
  • Provide table service to all residents who desire it, served at tables of appropriate height
  • Store, prepare, distribute and serve food under sanitary conditions

If a resident’s ability to eat is compromised, our facility should establish an individualized care plan to maintain the resident’s ability to eat food orally. For example, therapeutic programs can be used to help improve a resident’s ability to swallow or to help a confused resident maintain a fixed eating routine.