Purpose: To ensure residents are tolerating their highest tolerable diet level and maintaining weight levels through an interdisciplinary team approach involving speech, nursing, and dietary departments.
Premier’s M.E.A.L. Program (Maximizing Each Resident’s Appropriate Diet Level) focuses on an interdisciplinary team approach including Speech, Nursing, and Dietary Therapy to ensure residents are tolerating their highest diet level, helping to maintain proper nutrition and hydration while decreasing risk for weight loss and skin breakdown. The M.E.A.L. program has proven effective to help maintain quality of life to preserve intake along with the need for puree and downgraded diets.