Quotes About the Importance of the Dining Room

Speaking of importance in a dining room…

“I stopped trying to chase the perfect place to be, and realized the perfect place is with your loved ones and your closest friends, around the dinner table, over a good meal, talking about the past year and the year to come and things that you want to change in your life. You hear their stories and talk about things you like to see happen in the world. That’s what we do.” ~ Hilary Swank

While the table in your community dining may be filled with people you’ve met for the first time, the joy of sharing the table is the same. The social exchange of conversation while having dinner, lunch, or breakfast truly enriches a person’s day. In time those other residents may become your new best friends.

“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.” – Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners

The dining room in your community is the most important room in your community. It’s where many seniors will meet for the first time and often meet residents of other cultural backgrounds. It’s where many will bond and find a ‘chosen family’ of friends. It’s where many will proudly invite their families to join them, to see why they love the community they chose. It is the key to a new life for seniors choosing a new style of life.

Back in the old days, when I was a child, we sat around the family table at dinner time and exchanged our daily experiences. It wasn't very organized, but everyone was recognized and all the news that had to be told was told by each family member. We listened to each other and the interest was not put on; it was real.” Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)

It cannot be denied. Universal knowledge, as these quotes from various walks of life, show the focus in your community needs to be your dining room. Kind Dining® has affordable training for your food servers to utilize the most important room in your community. Leading the way for your food servers to do the best job they can and learning how easy it is with practice, to build pride in what they do, and to incorporate teamwork into their daily schedule is within your reach.

Our B Kind ® Tip: Mealtime means much more than food to our residents.

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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