Sunrise Senior Living understands all of the components that go into the perfect dining experience for seniors. Serving up gourmet meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are catered to seniors' unique tastes and preferences, Sunrise also puts a priority on nutrition.
The dining services at senior living communities are among the most important aspects to consider when choosing the right place for yourself or a loved one. The dining room is a place of socialization, where residents bond over a shared meal, and also a critical part of their healthcare. Many health conditions can be managed or improved through diet. At the same time, taste should never be compromised.
Sunrise Senior Living understands all of the components that go into the perfect dining experience for seniors. Serving up gourmet meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are catered to seniors' unique tastes and preferences, Sunrise also puts a priority on nutrition. Here are the 5 Key Ingredients for a Premier Dining Experience - one that Sunrise residents enjoy on a daily basis:
Sunrise believes that meal times should be something to look forward to, which is why we prioritize flavor in each of our dishes. Instead of simply adding salt (and upping unhealthy sodium levels), we season our dishes with herbs, spices, citrus and other wholesome seasonings to boost the flavor and stimulate the appetite. For example, Sunrise's Spring/Summer 2014 sample menu includes meals like Peach Pork Loin with Wild Rice Succotash and Steamed Zucchini.
Boosting flavor doesn't have to mean an outrageous calorie count. Sunrise understands that weight gain can lead to serious health complications, so our meals aim to keep residents' calorie counts within ideal ranges. The Spring/Summer 2013 sample menu includes Turkey Meatloaf, a healthy alternative to traditional beef meatloaf, and other lower-calorie dishes like Baked Salmon on Greens and Pesto Spinach Chicken Pizza.
Not only is each meal loaded with flavor, it's packed with vitamins and minerals, too. Sunrise stays up to date on dietary research and USDA guidelines to ensure each meal is packed to the brim with nutrients. Every mealtime starts with a salad, and dishes usually feature a vegetable side. Plus, the menu has nutrition icons that help guide residents to the best choices for them.
Not every senior has the same dietary needs. Sunrise understands this, which is why we modify menus for each resident, if necessary. Such modifications can help control blood pressure, manage diabetes or control other health conditions.
Even seniors who don't have specific health needs sometimes have personal preferences that can make or break a meal. At Sunrise, residents not only have a number of meal options - they have control over what the options are. Each resident can be involved in menu planning and is welcome to request certain dishes or ask questions.
For more healthy and nutritious recipes check out our food blog, Senior Eats! Visit a community near you to tour the community and experience the Sunrise Signature Dining Experience firsthand!