When it comes to food in senior housing, nutrition is a dining program’s main purpose.  

According to the NCOA, a person’s nutritional needs change over time. This means that as we age, we need more of certain nutrients. It’s no wonder then that the dining experience in senior living communities continues to set standards.

This article will provide a brief overview of trends in cuisine programs and the senior living dining experience.

Senior Living Dining Trends

Some of the more exciting recent developments in senior dining services focus on nutrition. Health and dining staff at senior living communities choose menu items with compassion and care, offering a delicious daily menu. 

Another area that has experienced much growth is the layout and flow of dining rooms. Open- and buffet-style senior dining, centered around generous mealtimes, have been growing in popularity. Serving meals in a variety of venues is another way that communities are pushing into new territory. 

Speaking of variety, offering new kinds of fruits and vegetables engages the mind. And the tastebuds! 

“Giving your body the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can help you stay active and independent,” says the NCOA. Fresh fruits and veggies provide antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and the good-for-you kind of sugars.

Yet another food-related senior living dining trend is turning meals into times of laughter by combining them with games. These sorts of exercises can be useful in many assisted living and memory care communities.

What Makes Dining at Bartley Special

Bartley offers an expansive and varied menu to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Over breakfast and dinner, residents have numerous dining options, topped off with refreshing fruit, ice cream or a tasty pastry.

From scrambled eggs to french toast to a piping hot Western omelette, we have breakfast covered. And with many more options than just the three here. 

Looking for a hearty dinner? Try oven-roasted chicken, baked tilapia or a scrumptious baked sweet potato. You can also dine on baked macaroni and cheese, beer-battered shrimp or mouthwatering Manhattan clam chowder.

Be sure to peruse our activities schedule, menus and dining options. Every dinner has alternate options to keep things fun and fresh. Snacks and refreshments are also available at any time, just in case you feel a little peckish. 

Experience Bartley’s Tradition of Excellence

We at Bartley Healthcare also support those needing post-acute care and rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. We also provide assisted living and respite care. Our Cedar Spring Memory Care program is the only one in New Jersey that is Joint Commission Memory Care Certified. Schedule an appointment for a tour, and come see what our award-winning community offers.

Exceptional Care. Experience You Trust.

As a family-owned, privately operated community, Bartley Healthcare has been a leader of health and eldercare services and maintained an excellent reputation for over 34 years.

At Bartley Healthcare, we strive to provide an exceptional care experience to all of our residents and families. Our commitment results in positive outcomes that enhance your life, no matter what services you need. From our resident satisfaction surveys to our awards and accreditations, we have experience you can trust.

Bartley Healthcare offers comprehensive independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, post-acute and rehabilitation, home care services, respite care and palliative care.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our team today at 732-372-4055.