Meal planning is an especially important aspect to the health and vibrancy of our clients. Our food program manager, in coordination with a certified nutritionist, has developed an excellent menu for our guests. Each day we serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack that meets or exceeds federal and state guidelines.
Our noontime meal is made fresh daily by the Country House Restaurant (Crestwood, IL) exclusively for our centers. Based on a five-week meal rotation, our quality menu consists of meals such as meatloaf, fish, chef salad, lasagna, and roast beef, pork and chicken. Each meal is freshly plated, appropriately portioned, and served with love and care by our staff.
As best we can, we try to accommodate those clients with special dietary requirements. We ask the restaurant to keep salt levels low; and for our diabetics, we provide natural and/or “no sugar added” products. In the event there is a diet restriction and the guest cannot consume the meal of the day, we either provide appropriate substitutions or make arrangements with the family.
First and foremost, meals should be a time for nourishment. Therefore, although we encourage client independence, our staff helps by cutting certain food items into bite-sized pieces or by feeding the client, if needed.
Physical fitness is not just good for the body, but also good for the mind. These experiences give our guests a renewed image of themselves, providing more flexibility, self-confidence and social interaction.
We have put together a fitness program for our guests, which is suitable to help increase strength and flexibility. It is important to note that the program is meant to give our guests both a feeling of well-being and self-worth.