Experts agree that the risk for malnutrition is high for many seniors, especially for seniors who don’t have enough income to buy food, are isolated, or suffer from illness or other conditions that affect independence.
Proper nutrition in older adults has many benefits, including:
- Maintaining health and well-being
- Improving the body’s ability to heal
- Reducing risk for medical and surgical complications
- Improving recovery from traumas and reducing the likelihood of hospital readmission
Meals on Wheels San Francisco’s registered dietitians provide menu planning, counseling, and education to help our clients meet their nutritional needs. As a MOWSF client, we focus on your health so that you can live as independently as possible.
Recipes and menus for MOWSF meals are created and certified by registered dietitians. MOWSF follows the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and with two meals, we provide two-thirds of the daily Dietary Reference Intake of nutrients. Our dietitians select meals to provide clients with healthy and satisfying choices.
As a MOWSF client, you can expect:
Meal Service Plans
- A meal service plan designed to meet your nutritional needs.
- If you are placed on a modified diet, we go over your diet instructions, menu patterns, and contact your physician for diet authorization.
- The dietitian will discuss your nutritional needs and give you guidelines on how to follow your particular diet.
Counseling and Education
- We conduct annual nutrition risk assessments and distribute nutrition education materials for all of our clients.
- Nutrition counseling sessions are individualized to meet your needs and optimize your health and well-being. Nutrition counseling can promote health and well-being, help with disease prevention, and assist in the treatment of specific health problems.
- We may advise you on how to manage and minimize chronic health conditions through ongoing, one-on-one counseling.
- Other issues, such as food safety, weight loss, weight gain, or any diet-related problems or concerns, can be addressed with the dietitian.