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Food-Choice Clarification Offers Person-Centered Advice for Nursing Homes

May 20, 2014

A regulatory clarification published by PHI Michigan addresses the potential challenges related to residents’ food preferences that Michigan nursing homes may encounter as they implement person-centered practices.

Specifically, the clarification addresses the questions:

  • How do Michigan nursing homes assure flexible and individualized meal portions and food choices?
  • How do nursing homes promote resident choice in the types and amounts of food served within the context of the various dietary requirements generally associated with certain physical conditions and illnesses (such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or congestive heart failure)?
  • Who needs to be involved in creating a plan for flexible/individualized meal portions and food choices? Who can be involved in preparing food?

The clarification is part of the One Vision: Moving Forward project, which seeks to resolve questions and obstacles as Michigan’s nursing homes implement person-centered practice sand other changes to their caregiving culture.

Other clarifications in the series address potential obstacles related to medication schedules, holiday decorations, allowing residents to engage in crafts and hobbies, and more.

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