Fresh Bites: A hands-on approach to dining for patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias
Fresh BitesSM is our proprietary dining program for memory care in senior living and long-term care. It combines culinary artistry and science to increase nutritional intake, decrease weight loss and improve quality of life while empowering memory care residents to dine with dignity.
Alzheimer’s affects 1 in 9 older adults, along with millions of care givers and family members. While there is currently no known cure, we do know that rapid weight loss worsens the disease.
The foodservice industry has failed to develop an adequate solution to address the special needs of memory care residents who struggle to identify or manipulate utensils, or who are easily distracted from the table and their meal. Staff feeding and child-like finger foods are common interventions, but Unidine is on a mission to change that with an innovative program called Fresh BitesSM . Fresh BitesSM combines culinary artistry and science to increase nutritional intake, decrease weight loss and improve quality of life while empowering memory care residents to dine with dignity.
Unidine dietitians and chefs transform every day menus into nutritionally dense, bite-sized portions. Innovative, edible vessels made from fresh, natural ingredients deliver an impressive and growing variety of delicious recipes that are easy to manage without utensils. A hearty but complicated menu of tossed salad, lasagna, steamed broccoli and pie becomes an easily and eagerly consumed Fresh BitesSM meal.
Unidine leverages the latest scientific research on diet, nutrition and dementia to guide the development of this memory care nutrition program. Our recipes use specific “brain boosting” ingredients such as turmeric, broccoli, cabbage, green tea, blueberries and dark chocolate that may prevent or reverse the progression of these diseases.
Visual menus, trained dementia practitioners and modified dining environments help families and care givers connect with Alzheimer’s patients, while nutritionally balanced meals help maintain their weight and health.
It’s part of Unidine’s commitment to create an authentic, exceptional dining experience for all guests – regardless of their capabilities or dietary requirements.