With only 12 residents we quickly know when somebody is not participating in the meal and can explore why they are not participating and render love and care to that resident.The kitchen has always been a multi-generational experience with family and friends participating often.Think about all of the foods that could easily be mistaken for one another: salt could be used in place of sugar or baking powder in place of flour.
We all know that food taste better when it is cooked with love.Our chefs are central to the home and cook with love.If a TCS food is being served and the temperature is not being maintained, it needs to be labeled with the following: Cold foods must be sold or served within six hours.After six hours any leftover cold food product must be discarded.They know each of the resident’s personal preferences, just like a mother would know what each of her kids like.
It is a joy to experience the residents and the chef bonding together.
By having a small, family-style kitchen with a chef who loves and cares for each of the residents, the kitchen becomes the center of the home, just like it was before they moved out of their own home.
This life continuity helps make the kitchen a very safe and nurturing place where the resident is able to experience vulnerability.
While our bodies no longer call out for food, it remains vital to our health.
Without proper nourishment, we more susceptible to prolonged bouts of sickness.
Isolation leads to stress, diminished self-efficacy and loss of participation.