Better menu planning controls dining costs with Dawn Elliott, Director of Dining Services, and Tracy Fluhr, Clinical Resource Specialist, Nazareth Home

Episode 65 June 15, 2023 00:33:36
Better menu planning controls dining costs with Dawn Elliott, Director of Dining Services, and Tracy Fluhr, Clinical Resource Specialist, Nazareth Home
The Post-Acute POV
Better menu planning controls dining costs with Dawn Elliott, Director of Dining Services, and Tracy Fluhr, Clinical Resource Specialist, Nazareth Home

Jun 15 2023 | 00:33:36

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Show Notes

Introduction

In this episode of the Post-Acute POV, our host, Amy Wootton, RDN, Director of Nutrition, is joined by Dawn Elliott, Director of Dining Services, and Tracy Fluhr, Clinical Resource Specialist, at Nazareth Home. The trio have a conversation on how to streamline operations to offer meals that are nutritious, medically appropriate, and enjoyable while balancing rising food costs and ongoing staffing shortages.

Join Dawn, Tracy, and Amy as they discuss how technology can improve menu planning, how to change recipes to maximize nutrition, and how menu services can help your organization improve efficiency and meet regulatory requirements. This episode will cover how MealTracker can help consistently provide meals that meet each resident’s specific requirements while also helping your team work more efficiently. Listen in as they discuss important aspects to any nutrition program including recipe scaling, nutrition analysis, and menus created by registered dietitians.

Topics discussed during today’s episode:

  1. [00:35 – 06:41]: Amy introduces Dawn and Tracy from Nazareth Home and explains how technology has been advancing to improve menu planning, manage production details, and help users produce high-quality meals.
  2. [06:41 – 12:54]: Amy shares how a facility’s dining program can be a pivotal differentiator among senior living, skilled nursing, and life plan communities and details some of the results from our 2022 dining survey.
  3. [12:54 – 16:18]: Amy goes on to mention some of the latest advancements in technology related to resident dining.
  4. [16:18 – 24:40]: Amy shares the importance of menu flexibility and how a nutrition management tool can help improve this essential process.
  5. [25:12 – 26:27]: Dawn and Tracy explain the biggest challenges they experienced in their organizations’ dining operations and what techniques they began incorporating to help solve these roadblocks.
  6. [26:32 – 27:40]: Tracy shares how MealTracker has helped Nazareth’s overall dining operations and how MatrixCare has helped their organization with customer satisfaction.
  7. [27:40 - 30:07]: Dawn and Tracy share how their outcomes have improved both clinically and operationally.
  8. [30:07 - 33:06]: Amy leads a Q and A with the audience from the original webinar. Hear about the typical implementation time for MealTracker, our customer support, and how MealTracker integrates with the rest of the MatrixCare suite of solutions.

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Disclaimer

The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, may change without notice. We encourage you to seek as appropriate, regulatory and legal advice on any of the matters covered in this presentation or materials.

©2023 by MatrixCare

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