Having Fun With St. Patrick’s Day While Honoring The Irish In Your Community

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As St. Patrick’s Day rolls around this week we all have our own ideas of how to celebrate or not. As you move forward with preparations in your community to liven up the dining room on this day make sure you are aware of your resident’s perspectives. For some, the “Americanized” version of St. Patrick’s Day that is full of green food and drinks, shamrocks, and leprechauns chasing rainbows in search of gold is a fun way to enjoy the day. However, know that if you have Irish residents they may have an entirely different observance and expectation of this holiday which are rooted in much more meaningful and cultural traditions. Consider that to some Irish the symbolism of a leprechaun is actually insulting or offensive. We’re not saying that you can’t have fun with the holiday and find ways to spice up the atmosphere and menu on the day, but just be aware and culturally sensitive to those that will be joining each other at the dining table that day. Honor holidays with reverence for the meaning behind them instead of the commercialized version.

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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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