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