Meal Times Matter
Good food and good nutrition can shorten the length of stay of patients.
Providence Transitional Care Centre follows a philosophy called Meal Time Matters, which promotes a focus on nutrition and reducing disruption during meals. Staff, physicians and volunteers work together to support this practice and encourage enjoyment and socialization when patients gather for meals. Families and visitors are also encouraged to participate in this approach and philosophy.
Logistic and Nutrition Assistants (LANAs) take the patient’s food order at the bedside. This allows patients to choose their meal shortly before they receive their food in the Dining Room at lunch and dinner. Breakfast orders are taken at the same time as dinner orders. LANAs also help support patients by transporting them to and from the Dining Room if required.
Where are meals served?
Meals are served in the Dining Room; however, there may be times when patients are unwell, or for other care-related considerations, where eating in the Dining Room is not possible. In these situations, the patient and care team will determine the best option (e.g. tray service to the room).
All patient meals are prepared at Providence Care Hospital by certified Red Seal Chefs. In response to Canada’s Food Guide of Healthy Eating Recommendations, the Food and Nutrition Services Department introduced menu items that include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein (including plant-based proteins).
Patients are served three meals per day as well as an evening snack (more if your therapeutic diet requires it).
Should you be referred to see the Registered Dietitian, you will be visited for a clinical nutrition assessment and education. Your menu and snacks will be adjusted to meet your individual nutritional needs and the Logistics and Nutrition Assistants will guide you in making choices that are within your diet at mealtime.
Click here to view breakfast, lunch and dinner times for inpatient units at Providence Transitional Care Centre.
For questions regarding the menu, or for specific dietary restrictions, please contact the Dietary Office at 613-544-4900 ext. 53600.