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How do assisted living communities handle dietary requirements?
Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM
Look to see if the assisted living community you are researching employs a dietary aide or even a nutritionist – most do. This person works closely with individual residents to determine what they can and can't eat, and what they should and shouldn't eat. When a resident has a special requirement, such as an allergy, foods not within the person's diet, or has a religious reason for not eating certain foods, the dietary aide handles all of this so residents aren't doing this on their own. Feel confident asking lots of questions and making all the requests needed to ensure the resident is safe and comfortable from a food/health perspective. Assisted living centers are used to managing special diets, so it's not going to be a bother to the staff.
In terms of what is served so it meets the dietary needs of the individuals, each state has different regulations so be sure to do your research with the local regulatory agency.