Dished: Homestyle Meets Healthy to Improve Senior Living Dining

Finding the balance between much-loved comfort foods and healthier options is one of the struggles faced by senior living chefs nationwide—even award-winning ones. After all, serving healthy grains instead of fried chicken to senior living residents in Birmingham, Alabama, is likely to be met with resistance and complaints, St. Vincent’s Birmingham Executive Chef Mike Coots […]

Inside Erickson Living’s Dining Redesign

A new food program is on the menu at Erickson Living’s retirement communities throughout the U.S., and it’s making residents very happy. That’s according to Patrick Plumadore, the company’s vice president of dining. Under Plumadore’s leadership, Erickson Living celebrated the full rollout of its new “signature dining” program earlier this month. The new program swaps buffet-style […]

Bon Appétit: Hottest Dining Trends in Senior Living

Dining drives senior living satisfaction—there’s no question about it. Senior Housing News presents two distinct research reports focused entirely on dining in senior living chock full of tips and tricks you need to bring senior living dining—and your business—to the next level. The Senior Living Dining Evolution report explores how providers are delivering a dining […]

Providers Offer Tips for Easing Dining Workforce Pressures

Workforce stability in senior living dining services has recently been identified as an area of paramount concern, and providers dealing with the issue tout the importance of consistent leadership, training programs and growth opportunities in confronting it head on. Panelists chimed in Thursday to share their own experiences with workforce challenges and reflect on various […]

Senior Living Providers Struggle with Dining Workforce

All signs point to a tightening labor market, and there is no question that workforce issues are becoming more pressing for senior living providers. Already, prominent industry players have said noted tight labor markets for nursing staff, particularly RNs. Dining services is another area where workforce stability is of paramount concern, according to recently released […]

Food Trucks Come To Senior Living

Providers have been working to make senior housing more of a community destination, and one broader food trend could help dramatically. Enter food trucks, mobile stations known for their convenience and diverse, artisanal food selections. Senior Housing News pinpointed food trucks as a major trend from which senior living can benefit in its new report, “Innovative Food […]

100 Communities to Roll Out New Senior Living Bistro Model

Senior living operators have been experimenting with a variety of new dining options in recent years, including wine bars, rooftop restaurants, and grab-and-go markets. Now one of these on-trend offerings, bistros, is set to become even bigger, thanks to a new offering being rolled out by a major senior living dining services provider. The Bistro […]

Dished: A Dining Club For The Brave Of Heart—And Stomach

Today’s senior living dining experience largely revolves around high-end food options and upscale venues. At one community in Illinois, the experience also hones in on adventure. Once a month, around two dozen residents gather in the main restaurant area at The Solana Deer Park, an Atria Senior Living Community located in Deer Park, Illinois, unsure […]

Dished: ‘Cutthroat’ Competition Hits Senior Living Dining

Cooking in a senior living community isn’t always straightforward. Chefs have to know their residents’ food preferences and dietary restrictions, and go on to prepare food that meets their needs and remains tasty, all while ensuring the staff gets plates on the table efficiently. Imagine, then, if the task were made even more complicated by […]

Dished: Inside a High-Rise CCRC’s Upscale Dining

Experience is the name of the game when it comes to senior living dining, and The Clare, a 53-story high-rise continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, spent millions of dollars to provide residents with ultimate dining experiences. In late April, The Clare debuted new dining options to go above and beyond growing […]