Costly, Complicated Dining Overhaul Keeps Paying Off for The Clare

Revamping dining programs in senior living can require significant upfront costs, in an industry where mission versus margin is a constant balancing act. But providers that pay attention to the details in adding dining venues and services can realize a successful return on investment, improve operations and give sales and marketing teams something new to […]

How Kendal, Mary’s Woods Are Elevating Dining with Local Partners

Forming partnerships with local food and beverage brands — be it a coffee shop, restaurant group or a farm — can bring immediate credibility to a senior living dining program, generate excitement among prospective residents and their families, and be an effective tool for sales and marketing teams. Moreover, providers are betting that these partnerships […]

Beyond ‘Knock-and-Drop’: Senior Living Culinary Teams Step Up To Pandemic Challenges

With almost six months of pandemic experience behind them, senior living providers have mastered some new ways of delivering on ambitious culinary programs, and are continuing to innovate as communities gradually reopen. Where providers have reopened dining venues, they are now more meticulous than perhaps ever before about managing the flow of human traffic to […]

Kisco Curbs Covid-19 Expenses With $100K Investment in Dining Supplies

From personal protective equipment and new technology to labor costs, senior living providers throughout the industry are contending with growing expenses responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Even seemingly straightforward operational adjustments can some with outsized and in some cases unexpected new costs. A look at how Kisco Senior Living altered its dining service provides one […]

Top Senior Housing Dining Trends During Covid-19, and Beyond

Senior living residents are going to want to socialize when they emerge from isolation — and providers will likely need to adjust their dining programs in order to cater to their newly busy lifestyles. From more grab-and-go meal kits and staggered mealtimes to mobile ice cream carts and online grocery shopping platforms, residents in social […]

Dining at a Distance: Senior Living Culinary Teams Make Tough Decisions Due To Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many senior living providers to retool their dining programs in short order. The operational challenges have been intense and in some cases “gut-wrenching,” as they fly in the face of dining leaders’ natural inclinations to bring residents together and offer the highest-caliber experiences possible. Indeed, many providers have spent considerable […]

New Morrison CEO: Dining Must Keep Up with Rapid Changes in Senior Living

With a refreshed brand, a new name and a new CEO, Morrison Living is shooting for innovation. The Atlanta-based hospitality services company — which is part of the Compass Group — plans to do that in part by implementing food trucks and robot bussers in some of the more than 400 U.S. senior living communities […]

Rising Trends in Senior Living Dining: Cloud Kitchens and On-Site Microfarms

Senior housing providers are embracing an ever-growing list of unique dining services and amenities in order to attract tomorrow’s residents and save on operating costs — including indoor hydroponic microfarms and offsite “cloud kitchens.” Two companies leading the way in this regard are Charlottesville, Virginia-based Commonwealth Senior Living, and Priya Living, a senior housing company […]

Social Media Food Pics Help Resort Lifestyle Communities Woo Culinary Talent

There’s an incorrect yet commonly held stereotype that senior living communities are where older adults go to wither away at the end of their lives. The same stereotype can even apply to people who work in senior living dining, according to Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) Executive Chef Jonathon Bolton. “There is a saying that senior […]

$216M Expansion Brings Host of Local Businesses, Health Care Providers to Mary’s Woods Campus

Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst used to take pride in being “the best kept secret” in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Not anymore. As a $216 million repositioning draws near completion, the nonprofit life plan community has raised its profile. Mary’s Woods is now more visible and more integrated with the greater Lake Oswego and Portland metro areas, […]