28 Apr Senior Living Design Focus: Six types of Dining
Adding variety to senior living community dining through Six unique dining experiences
Sharing a meal has always been an integral part of human connection and community. Designing unique and stimulating dinning experiences is a vital part of senior living to create that sense of community. Many aging adults moving into senior living are looking for just as much variation as they had outside of community life. From casual coffee dates to formal dinners, below are six types of dining to incorporate into Senior Living Communities.
1. Bar and Bistro
This setting is perfect for the impromptu coffee date between community members. Bistros often host “grab and go” stations so residents can pick up something quick to eat. Or a short snack with friends. It’s also a great setting for members outside the community to have a casual drink with residents.
2. Everyday Dining
Most communities have a large dining room that serves as the main location for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the main backbone for the dining experience within a community, so it’s vital to have various types of seating. Incorporating booth seating, large community tables and standard four-person table tops offer residents a wide variety within the daily dining experience.
3. Fine Dining
Including a formal dining experience is great to create a setting for special occasions. With elevated finishes, linens and table settings, fine dining is perfect for residents to make reservations and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in style.
4. Private Dining
This type of dining experience is great for residents if they want to host a private dinner. Members of the community can reserve this intimate setting for dinners and celebrations such as birthdays or book clubs. This way family and friends from outside the community can gather with residents in a more secluded dining environment.
5. Exhibition Dining
Like exhibition restaurants, exhibition dining is offering residents a view to the cooking process. This type of dining is great for cooking classes. It’s also fun for festive community pizza parties with a wood-burning pizza stove. It allows residents to feel part of the action and enjoy watching professionals create a unique dining experience.
5. Outdoor Dining
While some communities have more seasonal dining, it’s always a great idea to provide areas for outdoor dining. Both covered dining and open air are great for residents to enjoy their meal in the fresh air weather permitting. Another exciting element is an outdoor grill, so communities can host summer barbeques and other social events.