The old adage 'We Eat With OUR Eyes' holds true even in an aged care home. It's always important to present meals in an attractive way.
As we age, our appetite decreases but our need for some nutrients increase, so meal presentation is even more important. The food needs to look enticing, smell delicious and taste great.
When a person needs a modified texture meal, for example smooth pureed or minced and moist it is even more challenging to present the meal attractively. In recent times, food molds are being used more commonly which really can help to make a difference. If this can't be done, remember, piping foods, making slices, presenting the meal in a ramekin or a dessert in a lovely glass can make all the difference.
Food is one of life's pleasures and even more so as we age!
About the Author Nutrition Professionals Australia is a team of Accredited Practising Dietitians who consult to aged care homes across Australia. They have more than 40 years of combined experience in a range of roles, as Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, Food Services Coordinator, Residential Site Manager, Author of Nutrition Manuals and Consultant Dietitian.
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