Farm to Table
We are proud to partner with local farms across the Southeast to bring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to the dinner table for our senior living and memory care residents. “Farm to Table” is a part of our Purposeful Programming at Morning Pointe, as favorite foods can help stimulate memories, recalling positive life experiences. Look for these ingredients in the daily and “always available” menus at a campus near you.
2 Chicks and a Farm – Knoxville, TN
Bloomsbury Farm – Smyrna, TN
Delvin Farms – Nashville, TN
Leiper’s Fork Farmers Market – Nashville, TN
Red Clay Farm – Cleveland, TN
Thatcher Farms at Southern Adventist University – Collegedale, TN
Heritage Harvest Farms – Chattanooga, TN
Simple Harvest Homestead – Russell, KY
Lazy Eight Stock Farm – Danville, KY
Elmwood Stock Farm – Lexington/Frankfort, KY
Rise ‘N Shine Organic Farm – Calhoun, GA
Katie Farms – Tuscaloosa, AL
Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help older adults get the nutrients they need. At Morning Pointe Senior Living and Alzheimer’s Memory Care, a healthy dining plan emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
• Special Dietary Needs – Older adults may have other health problems that require changes in their diet. The doctor may make specific recommendations based on the individual’s needs. At Morning Pointe, understanding and addressing special dietary needs is part of the overall care plan.
• Changing Eating Habits – Older adults may find that some foods taste and smell differently as they age. This change can be related to physical changes or medications. and may make some residents no longer want even their favorite foods. At Morning Pointe, our culinary team understand these challenges and look for new ways to make the dining experience enjoyable by altering seasonings and spices and finding creative ways to present and display the meals.
• Adapting Foods for Memory Care Residents – As tastes change in older adults, so too may their eating abilities. At Morning Pointe, we make it easy for every resident to consume a nutritious meal. Our dietary staff work closely with the overall care team in understanding exactly what each resident needs at meal time. They will cut the food into bite-size portions, use bendable straws, lidded cups and glasses and provide bowls and lipped plates; spoons are easier than forks.
Preparation and Presentation
Providing healthy, safe and flavorful foods can help older adults meet their unique nutrient needs. To promote healthy eating at Morning Pointe, our trained culinary and dietary staff understand that preparing the meal and presenting the meal is as important as enjoying the meal. We focus on the following in our overall dining program:
• Think about how the food looks – Presentation, appropriate time, temperature.
• Offer familiar foods – Foods that are familiar to the residents may encourage them to eat more. Understanding their likes and dislikes and changing tastes is our job.
• Special menus – At Morning Pointe there is always a celebration and that means more great food. We regularly offer special menus to highlight the holidays, birthdays and special occasions. We also offer special themed meals for family nights along with catered events and private dining.
• Variety is key – Offer different foods and appropriate substitutions based on dietary needs, likes and dislikes. At Morning Pointe we encourage suggestions.
• Portions – Serve three meals a day in portion sizes appropriate for the elderly.
• Don’t forget fluids – Offer additional fluids between meals. Give choices for fluids such as lemonade, tea, and water.
View a sample of Morning Pointe’s delicious menu options!