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.
We have all heard the studies about exercise and how it helps us physically, mentally, and emotionally care for our bodies. But does that really include senior citizens? They're too old to start to exercise right? They can't exercise because what if they fall? Their mental health won't allow them to right? My loved one has arthritis and can't exercise because it will increase the pain right? WRONG!! Studies have proven that exercise in senior citizens will help them in numerous ways.