Culinary Trends in Senior Living
For most retired folks, meals are the main focal points of their day. That’s why so many senior living communities put a special emphasis on their menus and dining options. Seniors want and expect quality dining experiences when they choose to move to a senior living community. And this trend isn’t going away any time soon; it was number 2 on McKnight’s list of design trends to watch in 2016.
“Older adults’ preferences are revolutionizing fundamental designs related to daily services, such as dining. Today, they are seeking interactive meal experiences, not just a room in which to eat a meal.” –McKnight’s Senior Living
Today’s seniors are coming from a culture of food snobbery and dining as more of a social experience than a means to an end. It’s become par for the course to take pictures of a meal’s presentation on the plate before taking the first bite and posting the picture to social media – indicating that this movement is far from slowing down.
These days, most people are used to having dining options galore, and seniors are not likely to voluntarily give that up.
“The race is on in senior housing,” said Andrew Carle, founding director of the senior housing administration program at George Mason University. “We know the people coming in next really expect more choices, so operators are saying food is going to be a huge competitive advantage.” – the New York Times
Click here to read more from the New York Times about how senior living communities are getting creative and using dining experiences to combat seniors’ decreasing appetites, adapt to taste bud and memory loss, and more.
More evidence that food is a trending subject in senior housing: just this month Sodexo unveiled plans to roll out their Bistro 464 concept to over 100 senior living communities nationwide. The Bistro is designed to be a supplemental dining service that caters to this generation of seniors that craves more than standard, bland, “hospital” food. You can read more about the Bistro 464 concept here and here.
If you’re interested in learning about how ESCO Technologies can help your community broadcast your dining menus and services to your residents via InteracTV’s community channel, contact us for a quick chat.