Resident Preferences

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Designing a meal plan that meets the needs and preferences of your residents should go beyond simply calculating calories. When developing a nutrition/meal plan for your residents, it is important to consider the following factors:

•    Physician orders.

•    Resident preferences.

•    Food allergies.

•    Utilize all the food groups.

•    Caloric intake.

•    Capabilities of your staff.

Here are just a few examples of resident preferences to consider:

•    Religious or spiritual preferences.

•    Cultural preferences.

•    Favorite foods.

•    Foods a resident doesn’t like.

•    Special meals for birthdays and holidays.

•    Time of day a resident likes to eat.

•    Family traditions (e.g., popcorn while watching movies every Saturday).