Many families begin their search for assisted living after a traumatic situation that leaves their loved one unable to live independently. It can be a stressful time for everyone as finances, care, and accommodations must be sorted out quickly. A senior can feel like their wings are being clipped as cars and homes are sold or Power of Attorney forms are signed. During these times it’s important to keep things simple.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, this is no different in a senior living community. Good food brings people together, and in senior living communities the dining room is one of the few places where everyone gathers. Staff and residents sit down together to eat, mingle, and enjoy each other’s company. Large menus claiming variety are always a bullet point in community brochures and facility tours, but is a large menu really so much better? Not always. Large menus with too many ‘always available’ items can suffer when it comes to quality of food. When more food has to be ordered it can strain the budget, so costs are cut for quality’s sake. Having too many items can also stretch cooks’ attention thin, potentially lowering quality further. Now that we have gone through why bigger doesn’t always mean better, let’s address why a smaller menu can provide more quality and variety.