Are seniors starting over seeking your community as their home base?

Starting a new year brings starting over to mind. There are a zillion stories out there about starting over. Surprisingly many are stories from people in their 40s leaving higher paying positions in what they consider toxic environments to find employment in a healthier area or taking a giant leap to start their own business. Once, those over 60 reluctantly faced retirement. Today they are looking forward to that age when they can set new goals. Diana Nyad at 69 years old is the only person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a shark cage. Frank McCourt wrote his first book, a best seller, after he retired from 30 years of teaching. Well-known actor Estelle Getty was in her 60s when she won her first Emmy.

Seniors are known to be among the happiest groups of people. They now have the time to do what they want without the usual duties and obligations to interfere.  Seniors have accumulated wisdom, confidence, social skills, and generally have a guaranteed minimum income through Social Security. This sense of freedom allows them to happily start over.

Often they sell the homestead, sometimes moving to an entirely different part of the country and choose a senior living community for that life style change. Their challenge is finding the community that fits into their plans perfectly. If there is one area of any retirement community that needs to outshine the rest it is the dining room.

Kind Dining® can help them choose your senior community by helping you to have a dining room that everyone wants to claim as their own. Through our training, your food serving team will love the work they do because, with practice, it will become second nature to them. When food servers perform their job with pleasure, they take pride in what they do and take extra care with those they serve. Your community dining room can be a magnet that draws your residents to mealtimes that they want to introduce to their friends and families.  

Our training series can teach your food servers to approach their work with improved serving skills and a different mindset toward the residents and their coworkers. Food servers include the part of the team, who are usually unseen, those in the kitchen. They will learn how to use fresh ideas to improve their performance by making their work easier. You want all your food servers to work as a team reaching out for the same goal and making your lifestyle community the one seniors are seeking.

Our B Kind® Tip: Does your food serving team help each other provide better service?

About Cindy Heilman

Cindy Heilman MS, DTR: Cindy Heilman has over 25 years of experience in enhancing hospitality, and food service standards. She is the CEO of her own company, Higher Standards LLC, and creator of Kind Dining® Training. Her unique background in restaurant ownership, in hospitality and healthcare food service, in working as a Dietetic Technician Registered and Healthcare Specialist at SYSCO Foodservices, led her to the development of her exclusive program that improves relationships and lives of aging residents through the dining experience.

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