Dining

Poisonous dining experience legal?

Poisonous dining experience legal?

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In our long-term care and senior care world, we get tagged if our residents' dining experience simply does not meet their expectations. But apparently, there is a federal loophole that allows poisons in our foods.

Senior nutrition: Making healthy options appealing

Senior nutrition: Making healthy options appealing

It's no secret that eating well is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Bonita Springs hires Fuselli in dining services

Bonita Springs hires Fuselli in dining services

Gerry Fuselli was appointed as Director of Food and Beverage at The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

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Most people have some quirky food issue, whether it's gagging at the smell of fish or a hatred of condiments. I'll confess mine: I detest raw apples. Apple cider, applesauce, apple pie — they're all OK. But start slicing a regular apple in front of me or bite into one, and it's all I can do to not run out of the room. It's a texture issue, perhaps stemming from years in braces where I felt like I looked like Hannibal Lecter and developed a high level of nerve sensitivity in my teeth.

The secret to success sits in dining services

The secret to success sits in dining services

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By the end of the day Tuesday, after a week full of educational sessions, it took a lot to break through the clutter in my brain. That moment happened when Kyle Henderson made a slightly throw-away comment about some providers "investing in chefs, paying them $70-, $80-, $90,000. That's where we are seeing innovation in programming, because dining gives them a chance to impress three times a day."

High expectations for safe dining

High expectations for safe dining

Senior living communities should work with business partners and vendors to ensure they are not only offering quality dining options with a variety of food choices, but also providing clean, safe and comfortable dining experiences for their residents, families and staff.

Miller consults with Five Star

Miller consults with Five Star

Five Star Quality Care, Inc. has joined forces with celebrity chef Brad Miller to create new dishes for residents.

Dining upgrades a la 'cart'

Dining upgrades a la 'cart'

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French method used to enhance dining experiences, and menu choices, at south Florida continuing care retirement community

Unidine announces growth

Unidine Corporation announced it expects sales to approach $250 million in 2014, an average growth increase of 25%.

Food for the aging soul

Food for the aging soul

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's requires ingenuity in the kitchen.

The provider that doesn't read this risks getting capsized

The provider that doesn't read this risks getting capsized

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Hey, long-term care operator, a sexy tidal wave is coming your way. It's going to change the way you do just about everything. Let me explain.

CMS distributes video on dining standards that encourage less restrictive diets

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently began promoting nursing home dining practice recommendations that stress resident choice and urge providers to use caution with restricted diets.

Ask the nursing expert ... about restorative dining

Ask the nursing expert ... about restorative dining

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I am a director of nursing in a 130-bed facility with three nursing units and we would like to start a restorative dining program. Could you make some suggestions?

Attuned long-term care providers show what's most important

Attuned long-term care providers show what's most important

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When it comes to administering long-term care, there is no doubt that Medicaid, Medicare, surveys and the Minimum Data Set are ultra-important topics. But let's not forget what's really at the top of the list.

QI Survey's further incursion into dining activities to be featured focus at audio conference

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An audio conference will take place Tuesday morning in an effort to help long-term care providers create more efficient interdisciplinary approaches with their dining regimens. Under new QI Survey points of emphasis, providers could leave themselves vulnerable to citations in an array of areas, experts point out. Registration is online only and must be completed by Monday. Attendees (ideally anyone from CEO level down through nursing and dietary staff) will learn nuances of what the QIS expects and how it will critically observe kitchen-to-dining routines. CE credit will be available from this LeadingAge affiliated event.

Attitudes about food create opportunities for healthcare operators and manufacturers

Attitudes about food create opportunities for healthcare operators and manufacturers

The first question, be it in discussion of a retirement community, healthcare facility, or similar location is, "How's the food?" For the food service operator, that's the million-dollar question.

Building a dining staff team has yielded long-lasting results

Building a dining staff team has yielded long-lasting results

Our dining department, which struggled with a communication gap, is now a stronger, more cohesive unit. The journey to get there has been educational and rewarding.

Researchers discuss common therapies that may cause health problems in seniors

Two therapies commonly prescribed to seniors carry some significant risks, according to reports presented in Chicago during this week's Digestive Disease Week.

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has completed a guide for providers who want to employ dining assistants in their facilities. After a drawn out battle, CMS agreed five years ago to allow the use of paid feeding assistants--provided they achieve a certain level of training and have the approval of the state.

Report: Drinking plenty of coffee lowers risk of acquiring Alzheimer's disease

Individuals who drink three to five cups of coffee in middle age have lower risks for dementia and Alzheimer's later in life than those who drink more, or steer clear of the brew altogether.

Peanut butter recall list grows, providers urged to check food supplies

The list of companies and products affected by the peanut butter recall continues to grow as the Food and Drug Administration zeroes in on the source of the outbreak-a food manufacturer that supplies peanut products to long-term care facilities, hospitals and other institutions.

Culinary, design competitions big hits at nursing home convention

Two new spectacles garnered special attention this week at the annual conference of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Philadelphia: The Chef Challenge and the Last Designer Standing competitions.

CMS warns: Medicare therapy caps back in full effect soon

A process that shields most nursing home residents from therapy payment caps is set to expire at the end of next month, federal regulators told providers Thursday during a special conference call. Officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also announced that new surveyor guidances covering nutrition and food handling would be issued in July or August.

Some seniors drink alcohol to excess, report finds

One out of every 10 Medicare beneficiaries over age 65 may drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol.

A tasteful first impression

A tasteful first impression

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Facility puts new bistro in lobby, broadening dining options for residents and employees, and improving the overall appeal of the entryway.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

It's about time

Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.