Rideaucrest Home offers a three-week seasonal menu cycle. Special themed meals are planned for occasions such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving.
Each month at residents council a special "Meal of the Month" is chosen by the residents.
Family and friends are encouraged to dine with residents. Each floor has a bright, central dining room with its own food service area. The weekly and daily menus are posted outside the dining room. Alternatively, families can enjoy a private meal in the country kitchen. Families can bring in their own food, or purchase meal tickets in advance from the business office.
Residents are served three meals and three snacks each day. Meal times are at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Each 3 week menu cycle provides for adequate nutrients, fibre and energy for the residents based on the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). The menu provides a variety of foods, including fresh seasonal foods, each day from all food groups in keeping with Canada's Food Guide.
The auxiliary volunteers also host special-occasion meals, bake sales and other events throughout the year.
Registered dietitian services
The home has a registered dietitian on staff to monitor the nutritional status of all residents throughout the home. The dietitian ensures an appropriate therapeutic diet and texture are provided for each resident and that the menu meets the requirements of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. They also identify any risks related to nutrition care, dietary services and hydration and implements interventions to mitigate and manage those risks.