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Chef Paul Granados is whipping up something special at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs. In partnership with Watermark Retirement Communities®, his skillset aims to please the palate and hearts of seniors across the retirement community for years to come. The community features an innovative menu geared for those who live with cognitive and neuromuscular challenges. By preparing food into one- and two-bite hors d’oeuvres, no utensils are needed, making mealtimes enjoyable.
“I imagine the people I’m serving are my parents. How would I want them to be treated? I’d want to make sure they were given the best, treated with respect and dignity and served the best quality meal,” Granados said.”
More than five million seniors (people over the age of 65) in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The concept behind Thrive Dining™ allows residents to eat with dignity and on the go if they need to. The meal tradition begins with a warm towel to cleanse the hands and with and a lemon sorbet to cleanse the palate and increase appetite.
“It makes a difference in the diets of residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive impairments,” Executive Director Terry Brown said.
The Fountains at Sea Bluffs is one of many of Watermark’s communities that offers Thrive Dining™, the company has set to make this a standard within their flexible dining programs.
“Often times, the residents battling these kinds of impairments are wasting away. This has been a solution to that problem,” Brown said. “All 50 Watermark communities in the country are implementing this solution.”
To learn more about Thrive Dining™, click here.
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