Staying healthy is important for us to function properly as adults. For people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, however, preparing their own food may become challenging. If unable, they may require assistance with creating a menu, setting a budget, and sticking to a healthy diet.
The Nutrition Standards of Care’s purpose is to promote quality food and nutrition support for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). These principles and standards are intended to assist personal assistants, direct service personnel, and other forms of case management in creating and maintaining environments that encourage all three levels of healthy nutrition: adequate, individualized, and health-promoting nutrition.
According to research, a healthy diet would increase the quality and duration of most people’s lives. Obesity and illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension are linked to poor eating.
Individuals with disabilities frequently suffer from “secondary ailments,” which are extra physical and psychological issues that impede a person’s enjoyment of life and involvement in activities. Adults with I/DD have stated that nutrition influences several of their most frequently reported secondary ailments, such as fatigue, weight difficulties, and constipation or diarrhea, according to a health study.
Proper nutrition can improve these people’s quality of life by treating existing secondary conditions and preventing new ones from developing.
To help battle poor nutrition among people with I/DD, A TOUCH OF GRACE INC aims to assist with proper nutrition services through a person-centered plan. Our behavioral health care in North Carolina will work with you and your loved one in creating support that is focused on their overall independence and well-being.