Food may very well be one of the more enjoyable parts of life, provided it’s prepared with love and care. This is just as true for those in their senior years, since food offers both a source of nourishment and a meaningful way to connect with others.
One senior living community is bringing flavor and nutrition into focus with its wide range of dining options that support resident health while being anything but boring. Here’s more about how Blossom Vale offers a fresh take on community dining for its residents.
Food builds bonds
Studies show that eating with others does more than help pass the time. University of Oxford research suggests that the more people dine together, the more satisfied they are with their lives. Can chatting with a friend over lunch really enhance a sense of wellness? It appears to be true, and Blossom Vale’s new cafe will offer opportunities to sip and snack while creating connections with other members of the community.
One stereotype of senior living is that it’s cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all and possibly even boring. It’s easy to imagine one strict dining time each day with a set menu for everyone. Blossom Vale has put that myth to rest with its lineup of specialty items and treats made for individual tastes but with nutrition in mind. Community members can enjoy clam chowder bowls each Friday or even order up an elegant charcuterie box to go. With many grab-and-go options, it’s easy to take a bite to enjoy in the garden with a friend or two.
Hydration is key
Seniors are at increased risk of dehydration, due to their changing body composition and how changes in temperature can affect them. Often, waiting until they are thirsty is too late to avoid problems. That’s why it’s essential to have many opportunities to drink during the day – and not just water.
From refreshing flavored lemonades to the more elegant Italian sodas, Blossom Vale’s cafe serves up the kind of tasty sips you’d find from your favorite coffee house or bistro. One other delicious option, smoothies, puts the power of hydration and nutrient-packed fruits and veggies together into one powerhouse beverage. Keeping up on fluids isn’t just second nature to community members; it’s also fun!
Take time to celebrate
While nutritionally-sound food should be the foundation of any meal plan, it’s also important to recognize the wins that come with having a life well-lived. Holidays are an especially exciting time at Blossom Vale, as they serve specialty foods and drinks to make the occasions even more festive. Brunch and mimosas are just two of the highlights you’ll find during major holidays.
Blossom Vale has many dining options for residents, but the grab-and-go cafe is one of the more exciting developments to happen in the community, with a grand opening happening on June 13. Residents and guests can enjoy items from 11-1:30 p.m. each day, with highlights including a baked potato bar, pasta bar and weekly surprises, too.
To learn more about Blossom Vale’s programs and dining services, visit their website.