Independent living is an excellent idea if you are in the post-retirement age bracket. There are numerous benefits to living in an idyllic retirement community. To get the best, you must first identify what your needs are, then visit several retirement communities to find out if they provide the features you need. This gives you better value for money, and a more enjoyable lifestyle. One aspect of this is dining, since it has a direct consequence on the quality of your life as well as your health. Some of the trends to look out for include:
Availability of Bistros
Bistros provide a casual entertainment and dining platform. When they have an extensive menu which changes regularly, this will make for a more appealing dining experience. The informal nature of bistros means that guests can choose meals and snacks at their own leisure, and also provide grab-and-go cafes or takeaway services which give more flexibility and independence. Many retirement communities provide living facilities containing kitchens so you can cook for yourself but having a bistro will make dining more variable and exciting. You will have access to more types of foods and cuisines.
Satellite kitchens provide a casual atmosphere that is usually not very crowded, since not all guests in the retirement community will use them. These spaces are usually separate from the main dining facility in the living community. They are ideal for intimate meals and access to a wider variety of cuisines. Some also offer patrons the opportunity to consult the chefs and ask them to cook in a particular manner. When ordering kosher meals, for instance, you could ask the maître d’ to take this into consideration when putting your order with the chef. Some more demanding orders will require booking in advance to allow for preparation of the meal.
Buffets offer an excellent means of dining, since it exposes you to a large variety of foods in such a manner that you will enjoy everything. You can get continental breakfast services, while lunch and dinner will be provided in a flexible manner depending on your needs. Even with the same buffet layout, you can choose different food combinations to come up with different meals every day. This depends on the variety of foods on offer. Some buffet services are also available for extended periods of time, allowing guests to have their meals at more flexible times.
This form of dining allows you choose your meals without having to leave the dining table. You get to have meaningful exchanges with the team members, making it easier to get an ideal meal in a portion most suitable for you. This also provides a more intimate dining experience, since guests don’t need to leave the table as with buffets.
If you are considering assisted living with these facilities, please contact our retirement community today!