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Will assisted living communities allow residents to eat meals in their room? Will they deliver the meal to the room?
Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM
Mealtime, including the choices of foods served, and when and how they are eaten, is an important consideration for seniors choosing an assisted living community. Healthy, nutritious meals are typically served three times a day, at scheduled times, in a common dining hall. Seniors should have a choice of entrees and desserts, and the assisted living community should have menu options suitable for seniors with dietary restrictions.
Meal times are a happy, social event for seniors and most look forward to gathering for companionship and conversation. However, there may be times when a senior doesn't wish to participate, perhaps because they are feeling ill or tired. At most assisted living facilities, staff will deliver a hot, freshly-prepared meal to the room, upon request, if the resident isn't up to visiting the dining hall for a small delivery fee (varies by community).
Many assisted living apartments also have small efficiency kitchens. This permits seniors to whip up a light meal for themselves if they don't wish to eat in the common dining area, and also have access to snacks at any time of day. While most assisted living residents do not want to cook for themselves, it is nice to have the option.
Many assisted living residents say that sharing meals with other residents is one of their favorite aspects of senior community living. Before you choose an assisted living facility, be sure to visit at least once during mealtime to see what you can expect.