The purpose of the Dietary Focus Group is to provide an enjoyable dining experience for the residents of Charlestown with special dietary needs. These issues may include but are not limited to food allergies and/or intolerances, medication interactions and restricted diets.

The group was started four years ago as it became more evidence that an increasing number of residents had dietary issues. We have had guest speakers on several topics generated by members of the group and share resources with those with similar issues. It is the goal of the group that each resident will advocate for their own issue with the dining staff where they dine on a regular basis.

Working with Dining Services, the group has been able to enhance the awareness of dietary issues in the more mature population. We try to have representation from Dining Services Administration at each meeting, to assist the group in understanding the dynamics of the overall dining services picture.

Some of the improvements to the dining service have included:

Lactose free milk
Dairy free spread
Plain Steamed Vegetables
Some gravies on the side
Gluten free chicken and beef soup base
Recipe books for the week’s menus at each dining venue to know the ingredients of each dish.

The group will meet at Brookside Classroom 2 at 10:00 AM on the following dates:

Friday, October 5, 2018