Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Personalized dining on the horizon for CLC residents
Residents living in the Community Living Center at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will soon be able to enjoy a more personalized dining experience thanks to a new food and beverage menu. The new dining set-up is projected to start once the CLC relocates back to the VAMC June 10.
Patient Family Centered Care brought about this dining change in order to make the entire experience much more enjoyable and convenient for both residents and their families. CLC residents presently select their meals a week in advance and there’s not a lot of room for changing that menu.
The medical center wanted to give the residents more freedom in choosing their daily meals and also make the dining experience more upscale. Under the new dining experience, residents will receive a warm greeting from staff upon entering the dining area. Once seated they will be shown a menu and offered a beverage much like at a sit-down restaurant. Each meal will consist of two entrée choices and one chef’s special, which will change daily. In addition to three meals a day, there will be one holiday meal offered each month. The holiday menu will be created by the residents themselves.
“We’ll have dessert cart go around to patient’s rooms, offering a variety of smaller options so residents can mix and match desserts,” said Mary Walker, Acting Chief, Nutrition and Food Service. “There will also be several special food stations like omelet bars and carving stations.”
Nutrition and Food Services have also asked residents and family members for input on future menu items.
“We will meet monthly with the resident council to add, remove and change menu items,” said Walker. “Everyone is invited to attend these meetings, including family members, so everything will be tailored to the needs and wants of residents.”