Most Canadians will want to live at their home for as long as possible. Over time, however, circumstances may change with the ageing process and elderly parents become more vulnerable. Unforeseen situations such as mobility reduction, decreased appetite or cognitive impairment may make living at home more challenging. Additionally, caregiver stress increases and the burden of care inevitably affects adult children.
Therapeutic Meals helps adult children care for their elderly parents by providing specialized senior meals, nutrition counseling, and providing information to better manage eating behaviors related to dementia.
Therapeutic Meals delivers
- Delicious, nutritious and satisfying food increasing enjoyment of meals.
- Texture Modified Meals to manage swallowing or chewing difficulty. All diet textures available: pureed, minced, cut up, soft, finger food and regular.
- Variety, choose from 1000 meal combinations.
- Relief from meal preparation and peace of mind.
- Personalized therapeutic nutrition to fit individual needs.
- Dietitian Services. We make home visits so that we really understand your needs, we can mix and match any diet texture to best fit your chewing and swallowing ability, we call to follow up with you to address any questions you may have. We call ahead before we deliver to make sure someone is at home to receive your food, and even put the order in the freezer for you. All of this is included!
- Meal Planning Services: Weekly, bi-weekly and monthly meal plans. No need to re-order every week.
- Nutrition assessment to assess and evaluate your nutritional needs, and creating a nutrition intervention that meets personal needs to stay well. For this we charge a counseling fee. If you are a veteran, a member of the RCMP or CAF, these services may be covered. Otherwise, check with your health insurance to see if dietitian services are included. In both cases, a referral from a physician is required.
- Swallow screens to identify and manage dysphagia (swallowing difficulty). Maximize enjoyment of food.
Therapeutic Meals delivery services may be covered under the Veteran's Affairs VIP program. Please check with your representative.
Therapeutic Meals dietitians services may be covered under the Veteran's Affairs program under the federal program for members of the RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces. Please check with your representative. A referral from your physician will be required.
To help you better, we provide nutrition counseling to assess your individual needs, match the meal service to those needs, and deliver the meals to you.
Jenneke van Hemert, founder, in front of the commercial kitchen site on 776 Fairview Rd
Therapeutic Meals was founded by Jenneke van Hemert, Registered Dietitian, for the purpose of helping people in the community living with chronic disease meet their specific nutritional requirements while providing great tasting meals, variety and quality. Jenneke is trained in a patient-centered care environment in hospitals and long term care homes.
Jenneke has a B.Sc. in Food, Health and Science and major in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia, and is registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. A registered dietitian (RD) is governed by the Health Professions Act. An RD is qualified to assess your nutrition requirements, help you implement the prescribed medical nutrition therapy, monitors the therapy, and answers any questions related to nutrition therapy.
Jenneke cares about senior nutrition. She has worked with this population for years, and has seen the impact of nutrition first hand. Seniors feel better, are stronger and healthier, and stay independent longer when well nourished compared to those who are not.
At Therapeutic Meals we understand that the regular one size fits all meal delivery service does not serve everyone. That is why we take a personalized approach so you can feel assured that you are receiving the nutrition you need, and the food that you like to eat. Personalized therapeutic nutrition is the only way to manage your specific needs.
Have it your way: We offer over 1000 meal combinations.
Variety in meals increases our enjoyment of meals. This is why we designed our menu a la carte. All our vegetables, meats and meat alternatives and starches are packaged separately, so you can combine your own meals to your preference.
What is our price range?
It is our mission to deliver personalized therapeutic meals to help people in the community maintaining an independent lifestyle by addressing the specific nutritional needs of the client, therefore optimizing nutritional well-being and quality of life.
The company vision is to be the first one to offer a nutritionally sound, full home nutrition care service, from breakfast to dinner, supplements and vitamins and nutrition services, decreasing malnutrition in the community among vulnerable populations.
Good Nutrition helps you stay independent
Living with chronic disease can come with diet limitations or restrictions that can decrease intake. This can put a person at increased risk for malnutrition. Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition, caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things, or being unable to use the food that one does eat (Malnutrition Task Force Canada).
Malnutrition is directly related to negative health outcomes, increasing the risk for declining health status, admission to hospital, re-admission to hospital or admission to long term care. Preventing malnutrition is important because it can decrease immunity; decrease muscle strength with resulting loss of ability to balance, fatigue, dizziness, frailty, and falls resulting in fractures.
Maintaining good nutrition status decreases risk of these outcomes and helps you stay independent. Managing good nutrition however can be a difficult task. Therapeutic Meals can make this task easier for you or your loved one by delivering the meals that meet your needs and preference.
Therapeutic Meals takes care of your meals so you don't have to
Care giving is a tremendous undertaking. Especially for the "sandwich" generation, where adult sons and daughters are living with parents, while parents take care of their aging parents, the need to lower the care burden is essential. Therapeutic Meals helps maintain the best possible nutrition status, with the highest quality of life possible for caregivers and aging parents alike. Managing a therapeutic diet at home can prevent the need for institutionalized care service.
Not all meal services and take out foods are created equal. Some take out or ready to eat foods may not have sufficient nutrients, are high in fat, sugar or salt, or may not have the appropriate diet texture. All of these factors increase risk of exacerbating a person's health condition. Therapeutic Meals are nutritionally balanced, and nutrition information is available for all our meals.
Enjoy your food
The key to enjoying meals is the variety of food. Variety keeps the taste buds happy, stimulates appetite and increases intake. Increased intake means your nutritional status will improve, and you will feel better. Feeling better means higher quality of life. That is why we offer our hot entree menu a la carte for you choose from over a 1000 meal combinations.
Our Registered Dietitian Services
When dealing with the physiological changes of aging, disorders, or healing after surgery or chemo treatment, your nutritional requirements maybe different than an average healthy person. Our RD is trained to assess your individual nutrition status and determine your nutritional requirements.
We can provide counselling or meal planning services to help you implement your personalized nutrition plan.
Therapeutic Meals' home-style cooked recipes have come from a our audience, old cook books, and tried and true recipes. To better serve you, we asked you what you like to eat, and what you would like to see on the menu. We tested the food on our willing circle of friends and supporters, a diverse crowd with diverse ages. The feedback was given and taken graciously and some improvements were made.
Our foods are free from artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives and are deliciously prepared with herbs, gentle spices and other natural flavourings.
We highly value customer satisfaction. So for the final food taste test, we ask you kindly to give us your opinion. Fill out the comment box on the bottom of this page so we know where we can improve, and where we can keep things exactly as they are. Our commitment is to your health and nutrition, and enjoyment of food.
Where does the food come from?
Where are the meals made?
Therapeutic Meal are made at a shared commercial kitchen facility at 776 Fairview Rd. The locations ais subject to regular inspections and approval from Island Health. We make our foods from the freshest ingredients, and freeze them right away. The specialized packaging we use allows your food to go directly from the freezer to the microwave.
The Business Team
Rasool Rayani, Business advisor and angel investor.
Since 2010, owner and president of the Heart Pharmacy Group, a family operated retail pharmacy chain in Victoria, BC with 4 locations that serve greater Victoria. Co-founded Pomme Natural Markets, a natural & organic retail grocery concept.
Prav Pillay, Mentor
For over 20 years Prav has been working to catalyze high performance teams focused on progressive and challenging projects. He has held mid to senior management positions across private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has experience in technology and telecommunications as well as a business coach and post-secondary educator.
Robert Bennett, Mentor.
Rob is actively involved in his community advising a number of different companies on various strategic and tactical issues, including Therapeutic Meals. In addition, Rob is the past chair of the Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC), is a former board member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) and is a former provincial director on the board of the BC Cancer Foundation.
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