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What Is the Proper Diet for a Nursing Home Resident?

It is critical nursing home residents receive the proper nutrition and hydration they require at all times. Unfortunately, nutritional needs are different for everyone, so it can be difficult to determine the ideal diet for an individual.

Even though it may be challenging to determine the perfect diet for an elder in a nursing home, it is important that seniors consume enough food and drink to sustain themselves.

Sadly, up to 85% of nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition. Studies show that “Nutritional deficiencies are frequently not recognized, are often the common underlying cause of adverse clinical outcomes, and are often not treated despite the fact that opportunities for preventing or correcting under nutrition are available.”

Regular Diet

A regular diet is appropriate for nursing home residents who do not have any dietary restrictions. This kind of diet should be approximately composed of:

  • Calories - 1,600-2,000
  • Protein - 60-70 grams

Here’s what a typical diet under the regular plan looks like:

  • Milk - 3+ servings per day
    • All types
    • Yogurt
  • Protein - 5+ servings per day
    • Meat
    • Fish
    • Shellfish
    • Poultry
    • Eggs
    • Beans
    • Peas
    • Lentils
    • Peanut butter
    • Seeds
    • Nuts
    • Legumes
    • Meat alternatives
  • Fruits - 2+ servings per day
    • All types of citrus or high vitamin C fruit
  • Vegetables - 3+ servings per day
    • All types, including (but not limited to):
      • Potatoes
      • Corn
      • Lima beans
      • Peas
      • Legumes
      • Dark leafy greens
      • Yellow vegetables
  • Fats - As needed for adequate caloric intake
  • Water - 8+ cups of water or other fluids per day
  • Treats - As desired for flavor and palatability

We Can Help Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

If you or your loved one have suffered malnutrition, dehydration, or another ailment as a result of poor care in a nursing home, you may be owed compensation for your losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out right away to learn more about what our team can do for you and your family.

Call Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. today at (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation regarding your case.