Nutrition plays a vital role in the health of individuals of all ages but is particularly important for aging seniors. Seniors are more vulnerable to malnutrition as they may be experiencing age-related mental decline, reduced ability to eat or prepare meals, and more. Nutrition planning in assisted living facilities is essential to helping older adults maintain and improve their health and quality of life.
Understanding the Dietary Needs of Older Adults
A deep understanding of nutritional needs is vital for Assisted Living Facilities to properly care for residents. Older adults require different levels of vitamins; specifically calcium, vitamin D and B12 to promote bone health and brain function. Hydration is also a significant factor in nutrition and the health of seniors. Seniors are highly susceptible to losing their sense of thirst and keeping track of how much, or how little they may be drinking. Ensuring that the team of the Assisted Living Facility of your choice is educated on the nutritional needs of seniors is important for your loved ones health.
At Millview of Latham, our residents enjoy home cooked meals that are prepared on site by our experienced staff. We also have dietician services available to our residents and their families for education on nutritional needs and how to meet them and offer specific and individual menu planning for each resident. We understand that different accommodations may be necessary for each resident, and our team creates meals and menus based on recommended dietary guidelines to ensure that they are nutritionally balanced, and delicious, for all!
Our staff works closely with each resident to ensure that all special diets are followed, and any resident needs or preferences are taken into account for all meal services.
Medication and Supplement Management
Some aging individuals may find it difficult to meet nutritional needs through meals alone and may be recommended by their doctor to supplement with vitamins or other means. Our Assisted Living Facility works with residents to follow their physicians guidelines, and helps them to manage their medications and coordinate medical appointments and transportation as necessary.
The dining environment plays a significant role on resident’s eating habits and can also impact their mental health. Feelings of anxiety, depression, or isolation can cause a reduced appetite in seniors. A comfortable dining room will allow residents to sit and socialize while they eat, making it a more enjoyable experience, and making them more apt to sit down and eat.
Learn More About Our Assisted Living Facility
Assisted Living Facilities should provide residents nutritious and delicious meals that meet their required needs and preferences. At Millview of Latham, our team works tirelessly to ensure that all residents receive high-quality care that promotes their health and independence. To learn more about our Assisted Living Facility, visit our website or schedule a tour today!