Why is nutrition important?

Nutrition is important for all ages. Mission Health Services has a dedicated, licensed, dietician on staff to make sure nutrition is being met.

Adequate nutrition is important to maintaining skin integrity, weight, and overall quality of life. As we age, disease, cognition, and frailty effect how much food we take in, and even the way our body absorbs nutrients.

Upon admission, our team is dedicated to creating a nutritional plan that is individualized to meet your needs. We assess your condition, weight, and ability to take in meals.

What kinds of diets can I expect to see in a care community? 

Some diets may be based on disease, such as a diabetic diet, used to control insulin levels. Other diets may not seem as pleasing, but are important. In some cases, the elderly or disabled may not be able to chew or swallow normally. You may see food cut into tiny pieces, served soft, or even pureed.

How does Mission make dining services different?

Nutrition is important, but how dining is presented is even more important to nutritional intake.

First comes the environment. Mission communities have made and are continuing to make changes to the dining room and services, in order to be less institutional and feel more like home. We take into consideration how a person may have dined in their youth and incorporate this into our homes.

Our dining rooms are warm and inviting. Some have incorporated “family style” dining tables to encourage relationship-building. Some of our homes offer restaurant style dining, including bench seating. Some even have kitchenettes designed to not only make the dining space feel like a kitchen, but serves as a space to have cooking classes and social gatherings, just like home. If you prefer to dine alone, we will bring your order to you in your room.

Next, our communities have removed the traditional ridged schedule associated with nursing home environments. Our meal times allow you to choose when you go to bed, when you get up, and when you eat your meals. Are you an early bird? Then enjoy a continental breakfast. If you prefer to sleep in, brunch may be a great option for you.

But we don’t stop there. You make the choice on what to eat. Meal choices and menus are offered in each of our homes. Regular snacks and beverages are offered 24 hours a day. In some of our communities you may go to the fridge or cabinets yourself to choose from a variety of snacks and beverages.

Food is at the center of our daily lives. Why not choose a home that caters to your individual needs?