As dementia progresses, your loved one’s appetite may decrease. This can be a significant challenge for the resident and their family. This is why Autumn Leaves has carefully designed our culinary program to provide your loved one their preferred choices as well as ensuring nutritional needs are met. Secondly, we know an intimate and calm dining experience will encourage socialization and will nurture friendships. We accomplish this by creating smaller dining rooms to feel more like home.
Our entire program is based on what is best for our residents. We recognize the importance of the culinary experience for both our residents and their families so we have designed our program to accomplish these goals.
For our residents who tend to wander, we offer finger foods so they can walk and eat at the same time. This allows our residents the freedom to move about the community in a safe and secure environment while getting the nutrition they need.
Through our experience we have seen that greater contrast between the color of the plate and the color of the food increases the likelihood that the resident will eat more. If the white potatoes are on a white plate, the resident cannot see them and therefore will not eat them, resulting in weight loss.
The Culinary Team prepares three scrumptious meals daily for our residents. We believe that mealtime is a time of fellowship; family members are always welcome to join their loved one for a complimentary meal.
Every Autumn Leaves Culinary Manager is a member of the ACF. Through membership in the ACF, each Autumn Leaves Chef and Dietician receives continuing education on current trends, preparation techniques, and culinary best practices. Our dieticians work closely with our Chefs to provide your loved one with menus that balance nutrition with appetite appeal.
Call 888-662-8886 today to speak with an Autumn Leaves representative or to schedule a tour.