Dining at Monterey — where food is anything but institutional

At Monterey Memory Care, meals provide sustenance on many levels — physical, social and emotional. From a favorite comfort food to the social aspects of dining with friends, dining at Monterey is an important part of life here. Choice is important to increase the desire to eat and improve the quality of life. That’s why Monterey offers a seasonal menu as well as favorite dishes, homemade soups and desserts.

Monterey’s food and dining philosophy focuses on enhancing quality of life for every resident

Food and dining are integral parts of individualized and self-directed care because of their significance on quality of life. Selection and enjoyment are the two primary goals our dining services team keeps in mind every day.

Therapeutic diets, including low-salt, low-fat, and sugar-restricted diets, are important to manage chronic disease. Registered and licensed dietitians work with our dining services manager to ensure specialized meals are properly planned and served. Optimal nutrition is achieved by serving regular or minimally restricted diets that allow for resident choice, determined with the person and in accordance with his/her informed choices, goals and preferences, rather than exclusively by diagnosis. As with any medical issue, residents are monitored for desired outcomes as well as for potential adverse effects.

De-institutionalizing the dining experience

Each MacIntosh care community is committed to ensuring that time spent in the dining room is dignified, comfortable and pleasant. The timing of breakfast occurs when the resident wakes up and is ready to eat. Dining scarves can be used in place of bibs. Seating charts are flexible or eliminated.

Other aspects of food and dining services include medical nutrition therapy, room service, snacks and pantries, guest meals and coffee service.

To learn more about dining at Monterey Memory Care, call (614) 875-7700.