At The Birches, we believe there is no substitute for a home cooked meal. Residents enjoy hearty homemade soups, fresh salads, entrees featuring prime meats, and delicious desserts that will indulge anyone’s sweet tooth. There are also plenty of flexible dining options that allow you to choose from standard menu items, daily specials, or make a special request for any of the three daily meals we serve.
Special dietary and nutritional needs can always be accommodated, and all residents are welcome to consult with our registered dietitian to receive individualized dietary recommendations.
There is no assigned seating, and room service is available for those times when you feel like dining in the privacy and comfort of your own apartment.
You'll also have the opportunity to celebrate special occasions in our beautifully arranged private dining room.
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Food and drinks are an important part of our lives, and we recognize that this continues in a setting like ours. Here is a brief description of how our dining program works in Encore, The Birches' specialized Memory Care Program.
We prepare our menu items in our main kitchen and transport them to the service kitchen in Encore. With dementia, sometimes words do not have meaning, so rather than use printed menus, we make up sample plates and show them to each resident. With this visual presentation, people can more easily choose what they'd like to eat. Our associates then prepare individualized plates, based on resident requests and preferences, and serve restaurant-style with homemade soup first, salad, entree of choice, followed by dessert.
On the Encore kitchen bulletin board, each resident has a preference card, with their photo. Families help the director make these cards by explaining likes, dislikes, special needs, allergies, etc. of 'their' person. These cards are helpful to our associates in serving meals.
Although we have scheduled meal times (8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.), we have a person-centered approach to our care, so a resident can eat at the times they prefer. Snacks are available around the clock.
For our residents who have difficulty chewing or swallowing, we can carry out doctors' orders for various consistency modifications – from simply cutting up meat to chopped food and pureed.
We understand that most residents with dementia need consistent reminders to get enough fluids throughout the day to prevent dehydration, so we encourage fluid intake frequently throughout our Encore Structured Day. Water, juices, decaf coffee, soda, or other special preferences are all welcomed and available.