Must nursing homes provide special meals for residents with special dietary needs?

Yes. Under federal regulations, a nursing home facility must provide each resident with a diet that meets his/her daily nutritional and special dietary needs. If, for some reason, the nursing home only offers limited services as a general policy, it must notify the patient or his/her family before admission.

For more information, see: 42 C.F.R. § 483.35 (2015).