Your Table is Ready – Using Reservations in Senior Dining

Posted in General on October 14, 2020

Senior Communities use Reservations in Return to Communal Dining It’s safe to call this the year of change for senior living communities, including for dining operations. For many months, senior living dining rooms that once stood as the bustling heart of community life have been closed or quiet, as communities have limited dining to resident rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only now are some communities starting to return to communal dining. As this reopening occurs, Read More »

Expanding eMenuCHOICE Beyond the Dining Room

Posted in General on July 14, 2020

As senior communities continue to reshape dining in response to external factors, many are also developing new services to meet resident needs, using eMenuCHOICE to both deliver and track these new offerings.  1. Mobile Delivery Cart A large Minnesota community is placing items from the deli and convenience store on a cart and rolling it through the community offering sodas, candy bars and ice cream treats for immediate purchase. Other communities have developed morning "coffee Read More »

Grab-n-Go Dining with eMenuCHOICE

Posted in General on June 1, 2020

It's a new world in senior dining today, with communities rolling out new social distancing and occupancy guidelines as many look to reopen communal dining. Other emerging trends are accelerating and taking hold. One such trend is the popularity of "Grab-n-Go" food in bistros, pubs, cafes, delis and convenience stores within communities. Grab-n-Go can include items such as individually wrapped pizzas, sandwiches or salads to cups of soup, snack items or even full meals prepared Read More »

COVID-19 Has Closed Communal Dining - What's Next?

Posted in General on March 18, 2020

Like so many companies in the senior living industry, eMenuCHOICE is keenly aware of the myriad challenges facing senior communities in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. Specifically, we are aware of the number of communities that are pausing, restricting or cancelling communal dining, along with other group activities. While the implementation of such policies remains a community-by-community and day-by-day issue dependent on the specific characteristics of each community, eMenuCHOICE offers the following ways in Read More »

Use Technology to Differentiate Dining at Your Community

Posted in General on January 14, 2019

Technology governs more and more aspects of senior care, from managing databases of personal information to keeping older adults safe through motion detection software. While much of this technology has been the status quo for years, areas such as dining operations are ripe for revolutionary change. For decades, senior care providers of all types have operated their dining services through paper-based systems, which often are rife with inefficiencies. The time is right to consider implementing Read More »

3 Technology Trends That Are Revolutionizing Senior Dining Operations

Posted in General on March 20, 2017

For residents at assisted living (AL), independent living (IL), and skilled nursing communities, mealtimes are one of the most important parts of the day.  English author Virginia Woolf wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Yet if you’re in charge of dining services at a senior living community, you know that helping your residents “dine well” can be a challenge.  Consider these scenarios: A dining room server Read More »

Lyngblomsten Wins 2015 Innovation Award

Posted in General on February 12, 2015

On Thursday, February 12, Lyngblomsten of St. Paul received the 2015 Leading Change Innovation Award from LeadingAge Minnesota for their new web-based software tool, eMenuCHOICE™. The Innovation Awards recognize and showcase the very best innovative programs and ideas from older adult service providers with the intent of reimagining the aging experience. The award was presented at the annual LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, a premier three-day conference held at the RiverCentre in St. Paul for older adult Read More »