Impact of Culture on Resident Centered Care and Meal Satisfaction in Long Term Care

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Syed, Safura
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Mount Saint Vincent University
Introduction: As the population of senior and elderly immigrants increases, those living with health difficulties and functional impairments may require long-term care (LTC). Research shows that culture and cultural preferences during mealtime are an important resident-centred care concept. Unmet cultural food and dining preferences are one of the risk factors for weight loss and poor food and fluid intake in seniors and elderly living in LTC. Individual cultural preferences are likely linked to familiarity and sensory acceptance of foods, yet limited research has been conducted in this area. The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences and what they mean to senior and elderly immigrants about food and mealtime practices in LTC, assisted living and retirement living.
Resident centered care, meal satisfaction, long term care