Recovering from joint replacement surgery or a medical condition, such as congestive heart failure or a respiratory ailment, takes the right amount of care, short term rehabilitation and patience.

At Masonic Village’s Transitional Care Unit for short-term rehabilitation, the recipe for recovery also includes three fresh meals every day from the Living Well menu, providing patients with the energy and nutrients they need.

Food services staff try to give people as many choices as possible. Since the food is freshly prepared, they are able to customize meals for people and make their day a little brighter.

Breakfast features a selection of breads, fruits, yogurt and cereals, with rotating specials including pancakes, eggs and omelets.

Lunch and dinner each feature a special entrée, such as apricot-glazed pork chops or shrimp jambalaya, with regular items available every day including chicken breast, fish, cold sandwiches, pasta and salads.

The Living Well menu, designed by registered dietitians, is based around the nutritional needs of those rehabilitating with special consideration of patients who may have some form of heart disease or diabetes. The menu focuses on lower sodium, healthy fats and lower carbohydrate choices.

“Since it is a selective menu, it could vary widely based on patients’ needs or wishes,” Marilyn Howell, nutrition services manager, said. “We are aiming for 1,800-2,000 calories, 2400 milligrams of sodium (moderate level), 75 grams of protein, 65 grams of fat and 255 grams of carbohydrates per day. We provide more fresh produce and whole grains and fewer processed foods.”

Highlights of the Living Well menu include:

  • Soups made with fresh ingredients and a custom blend of reduced sodium and regular base seasonings
  • Sauces (including sweet and tangy BBQ, creamy basil and broccoli, and roasted tomato and vegetable marinara) made from scratch
  • House-made salad dressings
  • Fruit as a dessert choice daily

Menus and nutritional information for all Masonic Village’s restaurants and cafés, including the Transitional Care Unit, can be found on our dining page.

Patients receive meal planning tips once they are discharged and are encouraged to contact Masonic Village’s dietitians for assistance at home. Incorporating the right diet into a recovery plan is a recipe for success!