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Meal Plans at Senior Living Facilities

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
November 07, 2013

Question: I am researching senior living facilities for my mother. She has a nutritious diet that she follows at home and I want to make sure that continues. However, food seems to be quite tasteless or even bad at senior living facilities. Can I request for a change in meal plans or is that something that is inevitable?

Answer: Most people feel that food is bland or bad at all senior living communities but there’s nothing that can be done about it. True, it is in many places, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the first places that communities cut costs (except independent living communities) is in their dietary departments. Meal after meal of cheap carbohydrates do not make for good nutrition or a pleasurable experience in dining for your loved one; and in many places, meals are the highlight of the day. Advocate for better food and for better tasting food. Join with other families to let the administrator know that current conditions won’t be tolerated.  

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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