Does Your Community Dining Room Feel Like Home to Your Residents?

A Sense of Home

When I was growing up I was encouraged to invite a special friend to join us at lunch or dinner. This was a bonding factor in our friendship. It told her, without words, that she was special and belonged in the nucleus of our family.

It has long been held that the dining table is the heart of the home, whether it is in the kitchen, a sunny nook, or in a formal dining room. It’s where the family gathers to share their food and to share the events of the day. It’s where they blend as family whether they are related or not.

Kind Dining can show you how to create a community dining room that feels like home to your residents. Feeling at home is the deciding factor between being satisfied with where they live and feeling like they really belong there. When they feel they belong, they will settle in with permanence. They will encourage their family to come join them at mealtime. They will encourage their friends to move in next door.

B♥ Kind® Tip: Think about what life is like for your residents. How can you make mealtimes more satisfying for them?

And this is only the tip of the iceberg!  For more information on the opportunity of Kind Dining® training, click here.

About Cindy Heilman

Cindy is the founder and owner of Kind Dining®, which she began in 2006. She’s traveled across the country and Canada working with and training senior living communities that want to create an exceptional dining experience for their residents and staff. In addition, she certifies select professionals in her Kind Dining® philosophy and provides tools, now in an eLearning format, that make learning stick and help people put insights into action. As a result of her work, clients often share their staff has a new sense of purpose, get along better and keep their focus and energy on what matters most. In fact, she wrote a book, Hospitality for Boomers on how to attract residents and keep good team members. In her free time, she enjoys walking Oregon trails and cheering on her favorite soccer teams, the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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