Dished: Maplewood’s Farm to Provide More Than Fresh Food

Maplewood Senior Living has ambitions to create top-flight urban senior housing, but is also undertaking a project far from the bustle of the city. The Westport, Connecticut-based provider has big plans for a farm that the company owns, which provides ingredients for its culinary operations. Farm-to-table cuisine is important to Maplewood CEO Greg Smith, who […]

New Report: Inside The Rise of Multi-Venue Dining In Senior Living

Today’s senior living residents demand restaurant-style dining. And today’s communities have not one or two, but in many cases, three or more restaurant-style venue options — from bistros to stations and fine dining. This shift toward high variety presents an opportunity for operators to exceed the expectations of incoming residents. Through design and operations, successful […]

Dished: A First-of-its-Kind Senior Living Dining Event

Does your community want to have more fun with food? Dining is the second-largest expense among senior living organizations, and if it’s not one of your selling points, it should be. That’s why we’re excited to announce a brand new event: Dished. Dished is a first-of-its-kind event that will bring together the leading operators and […]

Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care Dining

(Thrive Dining photo courtesy of Watermark Retirement Communities) The way some memory care programs feed their residents is rapidly changing. At many senior living communities, the standard mealtime practice for seniors with dementia is for caregivers to feed them things like chicken nuggets, fish sticks, french fries and purees. Those foods are easily identifiable and don’t require utensils to […]

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 […]