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What Does Good Senior Culinary Experience Look Like?

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When researching options for senior living communities, location and cost tend to be the focus. While these are obviously important considerations, it is also essential to consider other factors such as amenities and dining options. Food is an integral part of life. Proper nutrition is critical for seniors, and mealtimes are a big part of social life. Most senior living communities offer dining services but serve institutionalized, cafeteria-style food. At Westminster Place in Longview, TX, residents enjoy a five-star culinary experience. We have designed our senior living menus and dining services to ensure you have fresh, flavorful, nutritious meals. Reach out to us today at 903.329.6520 to learn more about our senior living dining services and other amenities.

Senior Living Menus Have Changed

Most people envision soft, bland food when you mention retirement home food. In the past, that’s precisely what it was. Food was prepared with minimal salt or spices to accommodate individuals with restrictive diets. It was also thought that soft food was better, so food was generally overcooked. Fresh food was typically overlooked to help keep down costs.

Today, all of that has changed. As baby boomers moved toward senior living, they started demanding more. Today, many seniors choose independent senior living communities when they downsize their homes than did so in the past. One of the qualities they look for is restaurant-quality dining with fresh, delicious, and diverse food. Senior living communities across the nation compete with country clubs and restaurants for top chefs.

Senior Living Dining Experiences at Westminster Place

At Westminster Place, Culinary Directory Bob Webster leads our team of culinary professionals in creating senior living menu ideas that are fresh, new, and satisfying every day. Residents enjoy a three-course menu where everything is made to order. Our culinary team carefully crafts the menus to combine the best of East Texas fare with comfort food favorites while keeping proper senior nutrition in mind.

Dining options are:

  • Dining room Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dining room Dinner: 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Bistro breakfast: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Bistro lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Our flexible dining program lets you choose where you eat your meals and gives you the flexibility to enjoy meals on your own time. The best part of senior living meals at Westminster Place? You don’t have to worry about the dishes!

Senior Living with Meals Provides Crucial Nutrition

Malnutrition occurs when you do not have the proper nutrients to function. Malnutrition is particularly harmful to older adults because it leaves them more vulnerable to increased risk of falling, slower recovery times, hospitalizations, and possibly death. Health problems for seniors related to poor nutrition can include the following:

  • Impaired muscle function, which limits mobility
  • Anemia, which causes dizziness and overall weakness
  • Reduced cognitive functioning
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Prolonged recovery from illnesses or injuries
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Suppressed immunity

Nutrient needs for older adults are influenced by several factors, such as changes in body composition, chronic health conditions, and medications. Nutrition counseling can address all of these factors.

Discover Senior Living Menu Ideas at Westminster Place

Westminster Place is Longview, Texas’ premier choice for senior living. We are committed to helping you or your loved one stay active and healthy, and our senior dining services are a crucial part of that. In addition to our exceptional culinary program, we offer a range of services, including:

  • Health and wellness services
  • Transportation services
  • Medication management
  • Group outings
  • Educational programs
  • Recreation programs
  • Spa, barber, and beauty salon

Don’t settle for unhealthy or lackluster dining services when choosing a senior living community. We provide nutritional education and counseling to ensure that you have access not only to fresh, healthy, and nutritious food but food that you enjoy. Contact us at 903.329.6520 to learn more about senior dining services and all else we have to offer.