Flying into sunny Long Beach California from Portland Oregon was smooth sailing. The weather is lovely, bright warm sunshine, slight breeze. I see bunches of swaying palm trees. I am here to co-present with Harold Urman at the Aging Services of California annual conference on Tuesday afternoon May 4 from 2:15-4:15. Our presentation is called, It’s Not Just a Meal … Continue reading
A Kind Dining trainer, working in an Assisted Living community shared this story today after coaching their new chef about authentic hospitality. Being from the “hospitality” industry he kept referring to the residents as “our” guests.
Today is Easter 2010. Yesterday while carting through the crowded aisles at Safeway I was enveloped in that all too familiar feeling, the sense of loss. Fourteen months ago my mom died of lung cancer. At two months shy of her 80th birthday she was still the driving family force, and with an amazing show of courage and a sense … Continue reading
My husband had minor foot surgery early this morning and as the nurse put the final wrap on his foot, she asked me what I do for work. I shared, I teach food servers in senior living communities how to show good service to elder folks. She immediately reacted with a big surprised smile and blurted “that is so needed! … Continue reading
I want to recommend a great book: The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right by Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a physician who has pioneered the use of simple checklists in operating rooms to assist staff in getting organized, and prepared for surgery. Checklists help to get the work done right the first time. He has proven having a … Continue reading
Take a few minutes to read my latest article posted on Retirementhomes.com. The beginning of any Service Makeover starts with understanding what our senior diners expect. We will be focusing on the topic of customer service in the next few newsletters. Check it out … Continue reading
I enjoy training servers in new skills that give them confidence to connect to your residents and their co-workers. Read my latest article in the Retirementhome.com. newsletter. Title is; Serving Up Connections with the Coffee. To read click here … Continue reading
“Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense” Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote reminds me of many conversations I have with managers/providers about the value of training people who serve meals to our elders. They often take for granted that servers know how to show respect, be polite and will demonstrate common courtesies while serving.
Harold Urman, Phd. is featuring Kind Dining in his article titled, “It’s Not Just a Meal Anymore”, on RetirementHomes.com. Click here to read the article.
I just read in a culture change newsletter about a community that has created a new title for dining staff called hospitality associates. This particular community is set up in neighborhoods, they adjusted breakfast dining times for a more leisurely approach ( 7am-9am) to allow residents flexibility in their morning routine. What they discovered in this process is that there … Continue reading