Daughter: It’s a Zombie Feeding Station

Recently I exchanged several e-mails with the daughter of a resident living in a “four-star rated” senior living community. What she had to say was shocking, but not surprising. “My mother’s nursing home is a zombie feeding station. They are not person-centered, even though they offer meal choices. Aids and nurses are generally kind, but there is no bonding behavior, … Continue reading

Speak in Tasty Terms

Did you know you have the power to make food taste better instantly? It’s true. When you speak positively about the food you are serving, diners have a more positive perception of the food. So you can easily help residents enjoy meals more by saying nice things about the food. Imagine you are serving butternut squash soup and a resident … Continue reading

Free SuperTracker Helps You Meet Nutrition and Fitness Goals

Working to improve your health? Check out the USDA’s free SuperTracker website. It will help you create a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, track what you are eating and how much exercise you are getting, and give you loads of tips and support to make healthier choices. The SuperTracker includes: Food-A-Pedia: Nutrition info for over 8,000 foods and side-by-side … Continue reading

4 Dining Trends You Need to Know Now

It’s an era of change and resident-centered care initiatives are on everyone’s mind. As AHCA/NCAL points out in The Quality Initiative, “Just like any other business, skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities must ensure that the customer is king.” Studies show high resident satisfaction pays off organizationally and financially. Many companies are already embracing this new paradigm and … Continue reading

What “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” Means to Me

I’m excited about this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month®: “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” This simple message puts consumers in charge of the choices they make. People of all ages, genders, cultures, and lifestyles are grasping the message RDs and DTRs teach: healthy food = good nutrition = healthy body = better life. Look at what’s happening nationally: … Continue reading

Support Changing the Rules for Ordering Diets

Urgent, action requested by March 8th: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has asked members to support changing the rules that prevent RDs from ordering diets independent of physicians. Details about how you can help are listed below. Should RDs be able to order diets on their own? If you asked anyone at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics they … Continue reading

It’s National Nutrition Month!

Let’s celebrate with an intentional focus on healthy food choices. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Choose healthy options that please your palette and work with your lifestyle and you’ll be more likely to achieve nutrition goals without feeling deprived. Likewise, helping residents choose healthy options that please their palettes and work with their lifestyle will … Continue reading

Q&A: Residents Taking Food Back to Their Rooms

  Q: We only offer room service when resident is sick. Our residents sometimes bring their containers up and take their food down. What do you think of this? I am in an assisted living center. A. I have experienced the same situation, with residents putting fruit into their empty water glass and taking it back to their room. I … Continue reading

Maya Angelou on Caring for Somebody Else

February is Black History Month. In observance, this month we’re taking a look at what African-American leaders throughout history have said about the importance of service to others. There will be a new entry each week. Hope you find them as inspirational as we do.       If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, … Continue reading

Booker T. Washington on Cultivating Love

February is Black History Month. In observance, this month we’re taking a look at what African-American leaders throughout history have said about the importance of service to others. There will be a new entry each week. Hope you find them as inspirational as we do.       Great men cultivate love…only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.   … Continue reading