For every resident, Carleton-Willard goes out of its way to try to accommodate individual tastes — we want meals to be fun as well as nutritious.
There are two dining rooms at Ross-Worthen. In one of these welcoming rooms, designed for those who can eat independently, meals are served in courses, so that they can focus on eating one thing without being overwhelmed by too many choices. Drawing on the results of research, we use bright red china and high contrast linens to help residents see the distinction between what they are eating and what the food is served on. A second dining room is for those who need assistance at mealtime and a quieter setting.
Dining follows the same philosophy that drives our overall program — we encourage independence and provide support whenever it is needed. A dietitian is present to work with each resident individually to ensure that everyone’s dietary needs and preferences are fulfilled.
Dining is very personalized. Residents eat the foods they like and that are appropriate for them.