Dining services is one of the most important aspects to explore when researching senior living communities. When touring communities, be sure to ask about the dining services, plans and options they offer. Always try to dine during your tour, if possible, so you can truly understand the quality and options available.  

Most senior living residents would agree that having flexible dining options available at their community was an essential factor in their move decision. Having the choice to select from bistro, buffet or menu service provides residents with control over how they choose to dine each day, which reinforces independence. A restaurant-style dining experience enables residents to conversate and socialize with neighbors, while a grab-and-go option offers expediency when preferred. 

Residents who prefer to enjoy their meal at dining locations within the community can take advantage of socialization with new and old friends, while not having to worry about meal prep and cleanup. They can enjoy their meal how it should be, building memories and experiences over delicious food.  

Collington residents enjoy the open concept cooking so they can have a friendly conversation with the chefs, or watch as they prepare the specialty of the day.  Whatever seniors and visitors are craving, there’s something at Collington to savor. 

In fact, Collington’s culinary team recently held a live, virtual Harvest Culinary Demonstration featuring three recipes that are not only delicious, but also easy enough for you to make yourself. These featured recipes are perfect for a fall meal that is not only delicious but also healthy - and easy to make. One of them is the Fall Harvest Salad that combines butternut squash, quinoa, kale, and apples, among other ingredients. Visit the Dining page to learn more about Collington’s dining services and what’s cooking! 

Meals offered at senior living communities can obviously vary seasonally and in selection quantity, and most communities now offer alternative menu options for those who may have special dietary needs. At communities like Collington, chefs are always cooking up something new and delicious for residents while being able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. 

Dining services can also vary from community to community with ingredients and food suppliers, often influenced by where they are geographically located. Communities that may be close to local farms sometimes partner to offer fresh local produce or meats. Those close to water could supply fresh seafood to the community as well. When researching senior living options, this is something to ask about.  

Not all dining services are created equal when it comes to senior living communities. Be sure to fully understand all meal service offerings and what flexibility can be enjoyed by residents when choosing a community like Collington.  

Have dining service questions for the Collington team? Comment below!