The Art Of Meaningful Meals
We recognize the value of food not only for it's nutritional content, but also for it's meaningful place in our lives. At Professional Nurse Partners, we have the opportunity to provide a meaningful dining experience for our clients that considers their physical, social and emotional needs. Our partnership with our Home Care Partners, clients and their loved ones provides the path that connects links to the past through meal time and the daily opportunity for traditional social engagement at the "dinner table."
Seniors can become isolated in their homes following the passing of a spouse, close friend and other aging family members. The individual desires to remain in the comfort of their own home, though, dines alone meal after meal, day after day. Often, the senior is challenged with functional and cognitive limitations that restrict their ability to prepare even the most basic meals.
Our "Food For Thought" program addresses the needs of our senior clients and their families by developing a meal plan that addresses these challenges.
- Home Care Partners have the training, desire and passion to provide meaningful meals and moments in our clients lives
- We engage with families by collecting familiar favorite recipes that are caringly prepared by our devoted team
- The act of "eating" becomes memorable "dining"
- Nutritional needs are effectively met as well as improved clinical outcomes in areas such as weight loss and a decline in medication usage for laxatives and appetite stimulants
- Studies found that enhanced dining options in the home resulted in higher satisfaction among isolated elderly
- "Food For Thought" program embraces the history and traditions of our individual client's past
- The dining room or kitchen table is carefully set with our client's favorite fine china or family heirloom dishes
- Memories are recollected.
PNP can help your family member with dementia feel the strong emotions and warm memories associated with smells by baking a loaf of crusty bread or popping a batch of his or her favorite cookies in the oven.
Studies have revealed that smells have the tendency to take someone further back in time than verbal or visual memory cues.
So let's get out our baking mits!
Contact Professional Nurse Partners to learn more about this unique "Food For Thought" program. And please do share your family recipes with us so we can include them in our client's menu plans!