Dining Experience at The Arbors of Bedford
At The Arbors of Bedford, we know nutrition plays an important role in helping people with Alzheimer’s disease or another memory impairment live their best life. But we also understand the physical changes caused by the disease can make meal time more challenging.
From a loss of appetite to decreased fine motor skills, the dining experience in our dedicated memory care community is designed to work around these struggles and allow the senior to reap the rewards of a well-balanced diet.
Supportive Dining Experience that Promotes Choice
Our Dining Services Director and Chef use a variety of tactics—finger foods, smoothies, and adaptive utensils—to help each resident stay engaged at meal time. At The Arbors of Bedford, we also utilize:
- Sensory dining: Through our Sensory Dining program, residents enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of meal time. This program can help to stimulate appetite in a senior who has lost interest in eating.
- Resident choice: Encouraging residents to play an active role in their food choices is another way to keep adults with memory impairment engaged at meal time. At The Arbors of Bedford, residents can use verbal and visual cues to express their choices. This helps them feel successful and in control.
- Textured modified dining: We put an innovative twist on pureed diets. By using textured modified dining tactics. Nutritious, tasty foods are prepared and pureed. They are then reformed to closely resemble their original shape. It’s an approach that can help make meal time more visually appealing.
- Seasonally inspired menus: Creating menus that are rich with locally-sourced foods is yet another way we help adults with memory impairment maintain a well-balanced diet. As the seasons change, so do the menus.
Dine with Us
When you tour The Arbors of Bedford for a loved one, we invite you to sample a few of our residents’ favorite foods. You and your loved one can even join us for a meal in our private dining room. This will give you both an opportunity to see how we meet the nutritional needs of people with memory impairment. Contact us to schedule a convenient time to visit.