Specialized Dining

Bristol Culinary

Specialized Dining

At Bristol Culinary Services, our primary objective is to improve the quality of life of those we serve. We understand that dining independently significantly contributes to a more delightful dining experience. Indulge in specialized dining experiences tailored to your unique tastes and preferences. Elevate every meal with our expertly crafted culinary creations.

Bristol has developed tailored dining programs that cater specifically to individuals with dysphagia and limited mobility. These specialized programs aim to better address the diverse needs of your community’s residents, including challenges such as dementia, limited ability to chew or swallow, and nutritional concerns.

Implementing these programs not only demonstrates your dedication to providing exceptional care but also distinguishes your community as one that offers specialized support for residents with conditions like Alzheimer’s, Muscular Dystrophy, or those at risk of malnutrition.

Specialized Dining
Specialized Dining

Diet Modifications for Texture

Dysphagia, a condition characterized by difficulties in chewing or swallowing, affects 50% of long-term care patients. This often leads to an elevated risk of dehydration and malnutrition among elderly residents. Without proper dietary modifications, there is an increased chance of food aspiration and resulting aspiration pneumonia. The most common dietary recommendation involves adopting a texture-modified or pureed diet.

Finger Foods Progam

Individuals with dementia often struggle with mealtimes, which can be a challenging experience for care community staff. Common difficulties include maintaining focus, self-feeding, and accepting food. Studies indicate that approximately half of dementia patients experience eating difficulties. It is worth noting that staff members often face difficulties providing mealtime assistance due to high resident-to-nurse ratios.

Fortified Foods Program

Malnutrition is a prevalent issue in the communities we serve. Studies have revealed that a significant percentage of hospitalized or institutionalized older adults experience malnourishment. It is not uncommon for many Americans in senior living communities to consume less than 1000 calories per day. Some communities resort to commercial supplements to support their residents' nutrition, but this can be costly and often goes to waste as residents choose to not consume them.

Restoring Dignity

Our Restoring Dignity Program is crafted to promote residents' independence by offering a range of freshly prepared finger foods for easy self-feeding. This resident-centric program prioritizes the enhancement of your residents' dining experience and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of dementia units. The program can be established as food stations throughout the unit, resulting in increased self-esteem, prolonged independence, and reduced instances of weight loss and malnutrition.

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