Tip of the Week: Implementing a menu change

Last week, we posted a blog about Latham’s change in menu based on the Mediterranean style diet. Since our new menu was implemented, we have seen many positive outcomes for our residents and their families. (Note: you should always consult with a physician before making dietary changes.)

Throughout our PWS community, one of the questions I’m frequently asked by parents, guardians, and other programs is how Latham Centers implemented such an extensive change in menu. I answer honestly: The staff at Latham was nervous about how our students and residents would react. Throughout our planning, we asked ourselves, “How might this increase the anxiety of our residents?” We learned through the process that our staff actually had more anxiety over our new menu offering than our residents! Of the two options below,

  • Option 1: roll the menu out slowly, one meal change at a time, or

  • Option 2: change the entire diet in one swing.

We opted to for the second choice at Latham Centers. But ultimately, you’ll know which option is best for you and your family.


Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi syndrome specialist. She works with Latham’s residents with PWS, their families, and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. Do you have questions for our PWS specialist? Submit your “tip” topics or general questions to TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.

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