ALFA Honors New Best Practices in Senior Living

2014 Best of the Best Awards

WINNER: The Arbor Company - Dining with Dignity

"Favorite foods that once were forbidden are now back on the menu for residents of Arbor Terrace’s Engaged Living memory care program who cannot easily manage utensils or swallow solid foods."

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Sarah Gorham and Stone Morris have broken new ground! Their Grind Dining program has brought dignity to many of our residents in memory care, while helping them rediscover the joys of a satisfying meal. As a team they have worked effectively with our corporate office and community staff to build the foundation for a new approach to dining which supports residents with changing cognitive and physical needs. Our residents and their families have benefited enormously from Sarah and Stone’s visionary Grind Dining program.
— Mary Campbell Jenkins, VP of Operations at The Arbor Company, Atlanta, GA

Arbor Company's "Dining with Dignity" meal program, designed, developed and implemented by Grind Dining, wins The Assisted Living Federation of America's Best of the Best Award

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June 14, 2014
ATLANTA, GA

Grind Dining,™ the innovative food-preparation process that restores enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive, neuromuscular and chewing disorders, is gaining national attention. The creation of Atlanta chefs Sarah Gorham and Stone Morris, Grind Dining™ enables assisted living communities to serve all their residents from the same menu without the need for personal assistance at the table.

The Assisted Living Federation of America presented the Arbor Company - Grind Dining’s™ first client – with its prestigious Best of the Best Award at the group’s annual conference on May 20, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The award, which recognizes unique and innovative ideas that directly impact residents, their families and the staff of assisted living facilities, went to the Arbor Company’s “Dining with Dignity” meal program. Grind Dining™ designed, developed, and implemented the award-winning program in 2013 after months of training, menu planning and testing under the contract with the Arbor Company.

The Grind Dining™ culinary technique involves grinding precooked food and presenting it in a way that retains the taste, texture, nutrition and consistency of the regular menu items being served to non-impaired residents. The converted dish can be eaten by hand and is easy to swallow, freeing impaired residents from having to rely on routine finger-food menu items or being assisted by a caregiver.

Deborah Osterhaudt, vice president of sales and marketing for the Arbor Company, described the Grind Dining™ experience: “While traditionally prepared foods served to residents with swallowing or motor issues are safe and nutritionally sound, the food may not taste good or is not easily manipulated and we find that our residents do not enjoy the dining experience and eat less,” said Deborah Osterhaudt, vice president of sales and marketing for the Arbor Company.  “Foods that stimulate the senses with the same tastes and textures allow our residents to once again enjoy a delicious meal in a way that was thought to be long forgotten.”

The Arbor Company and Grind Dining™ kept detailed resident satisfaction surveys during the” Dining with Dignity” testing and found that 30 percent of the memory care residents improved food intake and 90 percent of residents and their families were happy with the new menu choices.

Grind Dining™, located in the Candler Park area of Atlanta, continues to create new menu items and is working to implement similar programs for other assisted living communities.

More news about Grind Dining™ can be found on Facebook and the company’s web page, www.grinddining.com

MEDIA CONTACT: SARAH GORHAM 404-953-1363 or email: chefs@grinddining.com

About Grind Dining™, Inc.: Grind Dining™ is a dining management consultant company that has developed the solution and dining program for individuals with cognitive, neuromuscular, or chewing disorders who find eating with utensils frustrating and challenging.  Grind Dining™ develops customized dining programs for residents or patients in senior assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. The method and techniques used to produce the Grind Dining™ product and dining program promotes individuals with unique and complex needs to "Eat with Ida" - Independence, Dignity, and Accessibility. More information about Grind Dining™ is available at www.grinddining.com

About the Arbor Company: Arbor, based in Atlanta, operates more than 20 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities in nine states. With 30 years of experience, the company strives to deliver the highest quality care to residents and their families. More information is available at www.arborcompany.com/arbor_senior_living

About the Assisted Living Federation of America: ALFA is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities. More information is available at www.alfa.org

Innovative Dining Program Brings Dignity Back to Mealtime

The Arbor Company's 'Dining with Dignity' program wins Best of the Best Award

The Arbor Company May 21, 2014 8:59 AM

ATLANTA, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Favorite foods that once were forbidden are now back on the menu for residents in The Arbor Company Engaged Living memory care program who cannot easily manage utensils or swallow solid foods.

The innovative Dining with Dignity program became the newest winner of the coveted Best of the Best Awards at the Assisted Living Federation of America conference yesterday in Phoenix.

After months of collaboration with two chefs in a test kitchen, Arbor communities now use a culinary technique that involves grinding cooked food and presenting it in a way that retains the full taste as well as the texture, consistency and "five star" attractiveness. The converted dish is finger-ready, easy to swallow and as nutritionally complete as the original. Now all residents—even those who typically would require a caregiver's assistance or prepackaged processed foods—can order from the same menu.

"While traditionally prepared foods that are served to residents with swallowing or motor issues are safe and nutritionally sound, the food may not taste good or is not easily manipulated and we find that our residents do not enjoy the dining experience and eat less," says Deborah Osterhaudt, vice president of sales and marketing. "Foods that stimulate the senses with the same tastes and textures allow our residents to once again enjoy a delicious meal in a way that was thought to be long forgotten."

So far, 30 percent of memory care residents participating in Dining with Dignity have shown improved intake, and 90 percent of respondents to a resident and family survey approve of the menu choices. After their successful collaboration with Arbor Company, chefs Sarah Gorham and Stone Morris cofounded Grind Dining™, a consultancy that trains chefs in the innovative preparation technique.

About The Arbor Company: The Arbor Company is an Atlanta-based operator of more than 20 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities, serving seniors in nine states. With nearly 30 years of dedication and experience, The Arbor Company strives to deliver the highest quality care and service to residents and their families. The company's innovative Engaged Living program creates meaningful moments through structured activity programs and spontaneous interactions, filling each day with the right balance of purpose and fun. More information about The Arbor Company is available at http://www.arborcompany.com/arbor_senior_living

About the Assisted Living Federation of America and Best of the Best Award: Program submissions for the Best of the Best Award were judged for their uniqueness in the industry, innovative use of ideas, impact on residents and families and embrace of industry core principles. The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. www.alfa.org

The Arbor Company
Media Contact: Chris Harper
3715 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. 30327
Office: (678) 539-8966
Cell: (678) 725-1955
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