You know, I am only expressing my own opinion here but my logic says, a healthy balanced diet vs. a diet of supplements is a no brainer. The use of food before supplements can be cheaper and have a better outcome for the resident. Some studies have shown the following. An article from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes Nutritional intervention is predicted to be a cost-effective approach in the prevention of pressure ulcers in at risk patients. Correia M.I.T.D. & Waitzberg, D. L. (2003). The impact of malnutrition on morbidity, mortality, length of hospital stay and cost evaluated through a multivariate model analysis. Clinical Nutritional (Edinburgh, Scotland), 22(3), 235-239.
Using food first could save your organisation money!
From what I can see the use of food before supplement intervention is positive. Please don’t get me wrong, there is a time for supplements, in my view this is after a food based program has been used. Food is the natural based starting point where I believe increased wellbeing can be achieved by increasing the right food at the right time. I would suggest you look at your food cost and then your supplement cost, I suggest food will be a better option with the upside a reduced cost in medical treatment as a potential bonus.