Why Food for Group Homes?
As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) consulting in long-term care communities, I plan menus and develop recipes that meet the nutrient needs of those residing in them. My goal is to serve flavorful, nutritious food that is fresh & wholesome. Understanding that it's not enough to serve foods that meet nutrient needs but that the food also needs to meet the taste preferences & the emotional and cultural needs of those eating it, my goal is to serve food everyone likes and enjoys eating. The flavors and aroma, and the comfort of nutritious food stimulates the appetite of even the pickiest person.
Group Homes are private residences for children or adults with chronic disabilities requiring specialized care. Typically there are 6 to 8 residents of different functional ability living with trained caregivers. Some residents require total care and others are able to perform simple self-care tasks, including supervised simple meal preparation. This recipe book is written in response to many of my group home clients as well as families caring for their own members with disabilities. Busy schedules require nutritious simplified meals, and this recipe book meets those needs.