Dignity In Dining at Park Springs

The Park Springs Household Model makes it possible for Members to benefit from engaging with, and around the pleasure of food and dining.

Daily Life

  • With kitchens in each home, Park Springs Households encourage Members to participate in meal planning and preparation.
  • Every Sunday evening before dinner Household Members gather with a care partner and the homemaker to discuss the upcoming week’s menu.
  • On Thursdays, small groups of Members serve as sous-chefs. Food-related activities that are therapeutic and appropriately challenging are utilized.
  • One Household is creating a Look-and-Cook-Book with photos and recipes that reflect important food occasions and traditions.

Key Takeaways

  • Staff are trained to understand changes in seniors’ ability to swallow and taste, the impact of medication on appetite, etc.
  • Care partners eat meals with Members, facilitate conversation and assist Members as needed.
  • The approach breaks down institutional norms with an occasional picnic, outing to a restaurant, or trips to the farmer’s market.