Residents of our assisted living community can decide whether or not to participate in our meal plan. Before making a decision, however, it’s important to think over the pros and cons of choosing a meal plan or choosing to cook in the apartment. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
The meal service provided will be well-balanced and will keep in mind any diet restrictions of the resident. This might not be the case if that same resident is cooking in his or her own apartment. Instead, a senior might cook food that he or she likes but is high in sodium or in whatever he or she should be avoiding. Eating the meals provided will cause residents to stay on track for a healthy diet.
Eating with others can also have some advantages. When residents eat the meals provided, they’ll have the opportunity to socialize with some of the other residents. A good social life can improve one’s state of mind and can improve eating habits as well.
Another health benefit is that there is less possibility of getting injured, since the resident won’t need to deal with
One last benefit of choosing the meal plan is that it’ll be less work. Residents don’t have to worry about buying groceries or taking the time to cook if they choose to eat with the other residents. One of our main goals is to make life as enjoyable as possible for every one of our residents. If a resident doesn’t enjoy cooking or feels too tired after spending time in the kitchen, the meal service in the community can be a nice alternative.
However, there are some advantages for residents who want to prepare their own meals as well.
They won’t be limited to a set meal schedule. Instead, they’ll be able to eat at whatever time they choose. (This can also be a disadvantage, though, if a resident ends up skipping meals or eating at very odd times.)
Residents who prepare their own meals are also able to cook based on their own taste. Although community meals are based on the preferences of residents, there might be meals that a resident just doesn’t find appealing. This would be a time when cooking might seem like the best option.
While thinking over whether or not to participate in the meal services offered, it is important to keep in mind how much your loved one can handle. The two of you should be able to talk it over together and come to a decision based on your loved one’s needs and wants.
If you have any questions about our meal plan or any other services and amenities we offer, feel free to contact us.