Is your appetite not what it was used to be?
Are you losing weight, feeling tired all the time and not able to get around that easily anymore?
Are you constipated, in discomfort and feeling irritable?
Do you have wounds and sores that just won't heal?
These may be not just normal signs of aging.
If you or the parent you care for would like to feel better, improve quality of life, and stay home independent, this service is for you.
We understand nutrition care can be complex. We like to make it simple, wholesome and comfortable.
The service starts with a nutrition assessment. We look to see if you are meeting your nutrient requirements to stay healthy. We also take a medical history, because many conditions affect the how much energy your body needs, how we feel, move, eat, chew and swallow. We also look at the medications, because side effects can cause pesky conditions such as constipation, dry mouth, nausea and swallowing difficulty, just to name a few. Nutrition that is right for you, your condition and wishes can make you feel a great deal better.
To be clear, this is not about 'teaching you to eat right', or reaching your ideal body weight. This is about supporting your well-being, so you can stay independent at home, eat well and feel better.
The meal service is catered to your conditions. Perhaps the doctor has given you diet restrictions such as a low sodium diet. Maybe you are experiencing trouble chewing or swallowing. Therapeutic Meals has done extensive nutrition analysis on our foods, so we know how many vitamins, minerals and nutrients are in our food portions. This way we can create a menu for you to choose from to manage a low sodium diet, low potassium diet and any other restriction you may have.
An overview of our service
Nutrition assessment, consultation or swallow assessment. Receive a personalized nutrition care plan for you or your family care giver. This service is $120/hr.
Monthly packages with restaurant quality meals includes an initial nutrition assessment, nutrition care plan and ongoing support, much like you would expect in a long term care home. This service starts as low as $325/mos
Just the meal service: know what it is you need? Go ahead, just order the meals! We delivery from Langford to Sidney; delivery fee is always $5.
Bonus: move your pharmacy account to Vital Health Pharmacy, and your medication and food is delivered, for free!
Please call 250 415 5444 to speak to the dietitian
Why do we care so much about nutrition?
• 45% of seniors admitted to Canadian hospitals are malnourished. These seniors stay 2-7 days longer in hospital and cost the health system 60% more than well-nourished seniors.
• Canadian adults with diabetes are 2 times more likely to see a family physician and 3 times more likely to be hospitalized and for longer periods
Dietitians Make a Difference.
Canadian Malnutrition Force 2016 video:
How does Therapeutic Meals helps address the malnutrition crisis?
Providing a continuation of nutrition care from hospital to home can prevent re-admission to institutionalized care. Appropriate nutrition care helps seniors healing at home, prevents worsening of symptoms associated with medical conditions, and prevents falling incidents by increasing strength and balance. Appropriate nutrition care includes prescribed diets such as modified textured meals: pureed, minced, cut up, finger foods and blended meals, or therapeutic diets to manage chronic disease such as: renal, diabetic, low sodium diets. Providing these specialized meals alone is not enough. Seniors and children of seniors need to adapt to the new lifestyle. Nutrition therapy supports this critical transition by providing education and support. Our dietitian provides the nutrition therapy by:
- Assessing nutritional needs
- Planning the meals, preparing the therapeutic diet or diet texture modified meals, and providing supplements or feeding support tools.
- Implements the nutrition intervention by delivering the meals at home.
- Evaluates if the nutrition intervention is meeting needs by following up.
Benefits of decreasing malnutrition in elderly population and those managing chronic disease:
- Decrease visits to family physician office
- Decrease fall risk
- Decrease risk for (re) admission to acute care
- Delay need for institutionalized care
- Lowers care giver burden of family members
Who is Therapeutic Meals for:
Seniors with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) or chewing difficulties
People who are experiencing difficulty preparing meals for self or family due to decreased mobility, strength, arthritis or pain.
Seniors living by themselves
People who had a surgery or recent hospitalization recovering at home
People who are managing a chronic disease and associated symptoms:
- Diabetes Mellitus Type I and II,
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF),
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Renal Failure (RF)
- Osteoarthritis (OA)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Hypertension (HTN)
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson's Disease (PD)
- Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
Commercial kitchen site on 776 Fairview Rd
From left to right:
Curt Lesage, cook and paleolithic diet fan; Eric Davies computer programmer, avid gardener and on Sunday's: volunteer prep cook and proud dish washer, Jenneke van Hemert, RD, chief fan of everything food, cook and dietitian.
Therapeutic Meals is a medical nutrition service offering both nutrition counseling and a meal service. Our goal is to help clients manage symptoms of chronic disease, stay independent longer and safer, and increase quality of life in the comfort of home.
Let us help seniors stay at home longer, safer and better.
Living with chronic disease can come with diet restrictions, which makes eating healthy difficult. 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).
Proper nutrition is essential for improving health outcomes and maintaining independence, especially at a time when you need less calories but more nutrients. In fact, good nutrition care can help ward off loss of muscle strength, loss of balance, fatigue, dizziness, infections, frailty and falls — all of which can result in hospitalization or admission to long-term care.
Fit for you
Therapeutic Meals' hand in glove approach is unique. We have the ability to offer you nutrition counseling and meal services as a complete nutrition care service, or offer you either nutrition counseling or meal service independently of each other.
Meal delivery planning services: Weekly, bi-weekly and monthly meal plans catered to preferences. No need to re-order every week.
Nutrition screening, assessment and consulting: Find out if you or someone you are caring for is at nutrition risk. Prevention of malnutrition is an important strategy to aging healthy. If nutrition risk exists, a full nutrition assessment is recommended to plan a personalized nutrition intervention. Many seniors have more than one chronic disease, generally the symptoms and signs of chronic disease are better managed when well-nourished. For this we charge a counseling fee.
Swallow screens to identify and manage dysphagia (swallowing difficulty). Swallosng difficulty can greatly reduce nutritional intake and enjoyment of food. Choosing the diet texture that fits your swallowing ability and personal preferences can help you maintain your quality of life and rekindle your love of foods.
Therapeutic Meals services may be partially covered under the Veteran's Affairs VIP program. Please check with your representative.
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. Jenneke has been working with seniors and their family members since 2010; in 24/7 home care, hospital food service management, acute care, long term care, assisted living, independent care, and as a private dietitian.
Jenneke van Hemert, founder, in front of the
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.
Good Nutrition helps you stay independent
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.
Support for family care givers
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.
When do we deliver?
We deliver the frozen meals once weekly, the delivery day depends on where you live. We deliver anywhere in the area of Langford, Victoria and Sidney.
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.
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.
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