As people age, their overall caloric need typically decreases, yet their vitamin and mineral requirements remain the same. Since less food is consumed, each bite needs to have as high a nutrient value as possible. At Newton Village, menu management focuses on creating diets high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products.
"Meals provide nutrition and socialization opportunities, which enhance quality of life in a nursing center," explained Kris Gilman, Culinary Director for Newton Village. "It's important for us to match food preferences with the values and interests of our residents, and to be willing to make changes as needed."
The culinary professionals at Newton Village use as much fresh produce as possible when creating meals for residents. "In addition to offering made-to-order breakfasts in each of our dining sites, we give residents many options for their dinner meal," added Gilman. "We offer a traditional scheduled meal, but residents can also choose from deli sandwiches, soups, salads, side dishes, pizza, grilled items, and made-to-order entrees." Residents may invite visitors to dine with them for any meal, and the culinary team provides catering services for on-site family gatherings.
With a vast array of options available on the menu, Gilman generally finds that residents with dining restrictions are able to self-select items that meet their needs. "We're also happy to prepare selected meals that meet personal preferences or allergy needs," she said. "In our health center, residents receive one-on-one assistance with meal selection so their interests and needs are both met."
While it can be challenging to serve meals that taste like residents' moms used to make, Gilman and her team do their best to satisfy everyone's desires. "We know meal satisfaction brings great joy to our residents, so we continue to put forth every effort to secure the freshest, most flavorful produce and other foods available to us." For more information, please contact:
110 N. 5th Avenue W
Newton, Iowa 50208