Mealtime is often the most anticipated part of the day for most of us, and it is no different for residents of the Niagara Lutheran Health System’s (NLHS) affiliates. Residents at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center (GHRC) now enjoy the aromas and freshness of having their meals served staff help residentsrestaurant-style in their recently renovated home-style dining areas. There are two seatings for every meal and residents are able to chose from a varied menu that meets their particular nutritional needs. One resident said, “I love scrambled eggs and it’s a treat to be able to have them for lunch instead of just breakfast.” Another resident exclaimed, “This is wonderful. I feel like I’m in a restaurant.”
There are various reasons for the success of this type of change in meal preparation and service for residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. One of the most important, supported by studies, is that residents’ appetites are increased and they, therefore, eat better and stay healthier. It also gives freedom of choice, within the parameters of their dietary requirements, and the food is fresher and tastier because it is served at the optimal temperature.
Other residents within the Health System will be enjoying similar benefits in the near future as the program is expanded.