Dining with Dignity
Our mission is to offer dining options that meet our residents’ nutritional needs while allowing them to maintain the independence and dignity they deserve. Dining with Dignity is a unique, award-winning program that uses specific preparation techniques to create food options that hold the same nutritional value as a regularly prepared meal, but in a form that allows residents to maintain independence and dignity. Here’s more information on our Dining with Dignity preparation technique, called Grind Dining:
- Use of ground ingredients, allowing for easier chewing and swallowing
- Prepared in bite-size offerings, eliminating the need to use utensils
- Offered in an elegant plate and table presentation, setting the right environment to maintain an enjoyable experience
Through this unique preparation and presentation, here are the benefits we’ve seen for residents who enjoy the Dining with Dignity program:
PRESERVATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND DIGNITY. Residents who once needed assistance during meals due to their inability to use utensils are now able to use their hands in a dignified way to eat more independently.
INCREASED NUTRITIONAL VALUE. Using the Grind Dining preparation technique, the top sources of protein, such as meat, can be included in each meal in a way that is easy to handle and consume. No more mushy, unrecognizable foods!
BETTER CLINICAL OUTCOMES. There can be several reasons why a resident may need the Dining with Dignity program, including someone who is progressing further with dementia or someone who has another medical condition that makes eating difficult. Regardless of the reason, Dining with Dignity allows more nutritional consumption, decreased weight loss, and the presentation allows residents to eat in a more dignified manner, increasing socialization.
We believe that our Dining with Dignity program is one of the many aspects of our Engaged Living Program that sets us apart from the rest.