Honoring Dining Traditions in the New Year

No doubt our thoughts during this past holiday season turned to home and rekindled wonderful memories of special treats, meals, and rituals around the food in our lives. Whether we recreate the memories and carry on established traditions or start new traditions of our own, food remains at the heart of our celebrations.

Recent stories from Action Pact organizations at varying stages in the transformational journey illustrate the unlimited opportunities to start new traditions and honor the old. Continue reading

Asbury Nabs 3 LeadingAge Awards: ‘It’s This Change Journey We’re On’

The change initiative at Asbury Place Maryville got a big thumbs-up in May when staff and volunteers garnered three top honors given to programs or services that go above and beyond normal operations to enhance the field of aging services. The awards were given by LeadingAge Tennessee at its 2014 Annual Conference. Continue reading

Dietitians: Who better to Advocate for Residents’ Self-Determination?

As you set the New Dining Practice Standards in place, you learn you must know the resident really well to truly honor her right to choice and autonomy – that a bowl of rice is not just a bowl of … Continue reading

Proof In The Pudding

It seems obvious that if we want to improve the lives of elders living in nursing homes, our dining practices would be a great place to start. I don’t know about you, but I like choosing what I have for dinner. I graduated from plastic trays when I graduated from high school, and when I feel like having a snack from my fridge I don’t reach for a canned nutritional supplement. Our residents probably all feel the same way, and that should be a good enough reason to make changes in dining practices.  But there are more positive outcomes involved – and now there’s proof. Continue reading

Designing “Normal” Into The Household Kitchen And Dining Experience

“It doesn’t have to be complicated.” –Tracy Anderson, Architect, Action Pact Design

If your home is like mine, life revolves around the kitchen and dining area. It’s where we go for a late-night snack or daytime meal; relax with friends and family while sharing news of the day; reflect in solitude over a cup of coffee or day dream while washing dishes.

It is the same in Action Pact’s Household Model: Continue reading

Rice Is Not Just Rice When It Comes To Resident’s Rights

Hopefully, your organization has by now embraced the New Dining Practice Standards. You as the dietitian dutifully interview them about their food preferences and try to give them what they say they want. So what’s up with Mrs. Chu? She said she wants rice at every meal and you make sure it is always on her plate. Yet she never touches it. Continue reading