medical nutrition

Think healthy eating is all about dieting and sacrifice? Think again. Eating well is a lifestyle that embraces colorful food, creativity in the kitchen and eating with friends.

Hippocrates said over 2,000 years ago, "Let food be your medicine." For seniors, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, a more robust immune system, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems.

That's why the Registered Dietitians and diet specialists at Crandall Medical Center help Residents maintain good nutrition. Every season of life brings changes and adjustments to the body often changing nutrition requirements. Within our community we serve a variety of folks from a frail resident with Alzheimer's disease to a patient who is actively involved in rehabilitation programs. Our medical nutrition staff ensures that those in each level of care receive the same quality of services and are flexible to provide the appropriate dietary care and treatment as the residents' needs change.

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) that the quality of life and nutritional status of older residents in long-term care settings may be enhanced by liberalization of the diet prescription. Sue Hurton, RD, LD collaborates with attending physicians to ensure that the diet prescription is therapeutic and sustainable.

Research indicates it is critical that weight loss in frail older adults be prevented. The decline in food intake as a person ages is a natural progression, but significant weight loss is not. That's why our medical nutrition staff plans meals with foods that are nutritionally dense and pleasing to the eye and palate. Appealing foods and a pleasant social environment in which to eat stimulate appetite.

The goals of the Crandall Medical Center's medical nutrition program are to maintain health, promote quality of life and enhance the joy of eating well.