How Evidence-Based Dining Programs Will Drive Memory Care Move-Ins

Today’s senior living decision-maker — often the adult child of a potential resident — grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, a time when television still fell into the category of “cutting-edge technology” and “making an informed decision” meant employing a mix of anecdotal evidence and national ranking systems. That generation is now aging into […]

Dished: Meatless Meals Gain Steam in Senior Living Dining Programs

As the baby boomer generation looms over the senior living industry, providers are starting to serve what they like to eat in preparation for the day they move in—and in some cases, that means trading a T-bone steak for a block of tofu. Fresh food and plant-based options have gained popularity amid the rise of other senior living trends […]

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 […]

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 […]

Senior Living Providers Stretch to Meet High Dining Expectations

Senior living residents increasingly expect a lot from dining programs, including more ambitious menus and a social component to meals. A program launching at hundreds of communities this month provides an example of how some operators are stretching to meet these expectations by trying to create an immersive experience that goes beyond the food on […]

Dished: How Dining Can Be Senior Living’s Biggest Asset

From celebrity chefs and restaurant-caliber meals to upscale venues and unique programming, the senior living dining experience is anything but average. And while providers are increasingly using their dining programs as a marketing tool to entice prospective residents, they’re also using them as a way to attract top talent and rethink the staff training process. […]

Most Read: CCRC Settles Legal Backlash, Brookdale Bets Big on New Services

In case you missed it, here are the top stories grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week: CCRC Settles Legal Backlash for Segregated Dining Room—A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Virginia agreed to pay a federal settlement and civil penalty to resolve charges that it discriminated against residents by creating segregated dining rooms […]

Dished: Generational Divide Plays Out in Senior Living Dining

Staffing. It’s a major consideration for most operators, comprising a bulk of resources that go not only to hiring, but to training and retention of qualified senior living employees. Dining is no exception. Many providers have recently implemented programs to target and recruit the best and brightest chefs, dining management personnel and staff. And they’re […]

Dished: Attracting Top Chefs to Senior Living

Photo by Tania Tuluie With the evolution of food service in senior living, from cafeteria to full-service restaurant, comes a new attention to another important aspect of dining: Hiring. As “scoop and serve” models of the past are making way for restaurant-style dining services in senior living, providers are taking note of their hiring practices—which today […]