Nutrition & Nourishment
The Dining Experience
Malnutrition and dehydration are a huge issue with the senior population. They’re an even bigger concern for those living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. In their own homes, these individuals often neglect to eat or drink enough water. Meal planning and preparation is something . This can quickly snowball into serious health consequences.
Here at Palm Beach Memory Care, we recognize the issues our residents face. We do everything in our power to address and overcome them. Our team is trained to monitor and assist residents needing additional support during mealtimes. We’ll offer alternatives, additional items, and encourage your loved one by providing preferred choices.
We also recognize our residents’ needs and preferences may shift and change—that’s why we always meet them where they are, making adjustments as needed. We can even modify the texture and presentation of our foods. Some residents do well when offered finger foods, others require adaptive utensils, while others benefit from one-on-one support and assistance during a meal in order to eat and drink enough safely.
Whatever our residents need—we’re here for them. We are also here for you!
Why is nutrition so important for people with dementia?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet supports overall functioning and also brain health. It’s a crucial component of caring for people with dementia. If you’ve taken on caregiving responsibilities for a loved one with dementia, you know—it’s a big part of their daily needs.
We believe your loved one should not only have access to fresh, nutritious, healthy foods and drinks that support their overall health—they should also have the opportunity to reconnect with the enjoyment of sharing delicious meals in a welcoming, friendly environment.
Instead of expecting our residents to conform to a strict schedule, we plan our meal times around them. While we offer three meals a day in our beautiful dining rooms, we allow our residents ample time to attend and complete meals.
We also offer residents easy access to snacks and beverages in between meals. Though we never require them to attend every daily meal, we closely monitor their nutrition and hydration, ensuring these needs are met in whatever way best suits the individual.