Why Spectrum emphasizes quality and selection in its meal offerings.
When choosing a Senior Living community, food is one of the most important considerations. Senior dining programs must satisfy nutritional needs and medical requirements, as well as meet resident satisfaction.
In a recent study, Unidine, a food and dining management services company, identified three characteristics of top-performing senior dining services: freshly prepared meals, choice and service. Spectrum’s At Your Service® Dining offers them all.
“Most senior living communities offer two or three meals a day,” says Vice President of Dining Services Dennis Van Wynsberghe. “Although most residents follow a set schedule, our program offers the flexibility to visit the dining room anytime for meals or snacks.”
Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., residents can order from the regular menu, daily specials or the always-available menu.
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
Spectrum Retirement Communities puts as much emphasis on quality as on designing a flexible, varied menu. Spectrum always serves fresh foods. An on-staff chef prepares all meals, including hot breakfasts, using fresh produce and high-quality meats.
Every Saturday night, Spectrum residents gather for prime rib night, prepared from certified Angus beef. Other meals include grass-fed beef and pork. Produce comes from Cross Valley Farms, while coffee comes from Café Bustelo.
“We would rather serve high-quality food and have our residents eat well than serve poor quality meals that end up not being eaten,” says Van Wynsberghe. “Higher quality ingredients are also better for the residents’ health.”
SPECIAL NEEDS ARE MET
At Your Service® Dining accommodates residents with special dietary needs. Meal options include: low salt, low sugar, diabetic and pureed and soft diets. Spectrum will modify diets for residents that have trouble chewing or swallowing.
Spectrum keeps its commitment to serving high-quality meals transparent. Communities display “we proudly serve” lists in dining areas. These signs display the brands and farm names from which the food comes.
Spectrum’s motto, “No one leaves the dining room unhappy,” also hangs in every dining room. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make the dining experience perfect,” says Van Wynsberghe. “Residents shouldn’t be afraid to speak up if something’s not right. We want them to leave happy.”