How do assisted living communities offer different meal choices?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    The stereotypical days of assisted living residents pecking at unrecognizable and uneatable food are over. Communities now are employing experienced chefs to develop a diverse menu so residents have plentiful options available to them. In many assisted living communities, residents are offered restaurant-style dining where they have up to multiple choices per meal so no one walks away unsatisfied.

    Often, food and dining options make or break a family's or potential resident's selection of where to spend these fruitful years. And, instead of needing to experience the cuisine first-hand (which still is a smart option), today's seniors are Internet-savvy. If a review of an assisted living community consistently is receiving poor grades and unfavorable online comments about its food service, expect its new-customer base to decline.

    With this in mind, assisted living communities are offering more choices of what to eat, when to eat, and where to eat. This becomes important because each day in a resident's life isn't the same. One day, he or she may want to partake in fine dining at 5:30 p.m. while the next a sandwich at 4:30 p.m. sounds delicious.