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Healthy Eating at Assisted Living Facility

by Diane
(West Linn, OR)

Diane's Question:

Are there any facilities that actually serve healthy foods in Oregon? I'm about to move my sister into an assisted-living facility. She has the beginnings of dementia, she is diabetic and has heart issues plus high blood pressure. I looked at their menu today and there was nothing she could eat that would not raise her diabetic numbers I'm really concerned.

Suzy's Answer:

I'm sorry to hear that your sister is struggling with health issues. Unfortunately, I do not have answers for you with regard to facilities in Oregon that provide healthy menus for their residents.

It is my experience that institutional food is rarely what you and I would call healthy food, mostly because they are trying to feed the most people for the least amount of food dollars. Having said that, it seems odd that they would not at least have a diabetic-friendly menu plan available for residents that are trying to manage their blood sugar.

You could try contacting a registered dietitian in your area to get help with picking a facility. There also may be government sources of information about best facilities in your state for those with the health problems you describe.

If someone reads this post and can help, they can submit a comment with suggestions and/or recommendations.

I am sorry I can't be of more help to you. I went through this situation with my own sister, so I know how difficult it is to solve this problem.

Keep us posted on how you are doing with this situation, and especially if you have recommendations that could be helpful to other visitors to this healthy eating website.

Thank you for visiting our website and we wish you the best outcome for your sister.

Warmest regards,

Suzy Staywell

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