Dining Experience

Fresh, Flexible and Nutritious Dining

Early birds and night owls alike appreciate the flexibility of our Fresh Dining concept. What’s different about it?

Quite some time ago, we realized that people tend to follow their own life-long natural rhythms for sleeping and eating, and yet we were asking them to follow a sort of one-size-fits-all dining schedule.

Under the old routine, breakfast was served each day at 8:00am, requiring staff members to start waking residents at 5:30am so that everyone would be ready at the same time. It got pretty chaotic at times. Staff members were rushed and residents—including some who liked to sleep in—felt grumpy because they had to get up so early.

Today, the atmosphere is much more relaxed and enjoyable for everyone. Our Fresh & Flexible Dining concept gives residents more choices and more personal control over their daily routines. Continental breakfast is now served from 8:30am to 10:00am, and brunch follows from 11:00am to noon.

Rather than conforming to a rigid schedule, residents can now choose when to rise and when to eat. Whether they follow an early to bed, early to rise schedule or prefer to burn the midnight oil, Fresh & Flexible Dining makes setting personal schedules much easier.

Food options for the remainder of the day include:

  • 2:30pm Snack
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm Snack

Features and Benefits of Heartwood’s Dining and Nutrition Program

Innovative Approach

Our menu planning includes recipes that provide residents with healthy, homemade foods. Recipes are often gathered from residents’, families’, and employees’ favorite dishes. We limit the purchasing of pre-made products as these items are sometimes full of salt and preservatives. We cook from scratch using fresh, authentic ingredients. We start with food in its simplest, most natural form. Soups, gravies, and most sauces are made from scratch. We purchase local food in season. We make foods come alive with flavor and nutrition.

Sugar Free

We purchase sugar free and no sugar added products. We also make homemade sugar free desserts.

Brown—Not White

Whole grain breads and pastas are included in the menu planning.

Focus on Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered and encouraged.

Proper Hydration

Hydration at any age is important so we offer more fluids throughout each day, offered at each snack or meal time. The options include water, milk, juice, and fruit smoothies.

Our Nutrition Philosophy

We care about our elders: About what they like and about their health. We complement the fresh ingredients used in our kitchens with cooking techniques that preserve the nutritional value of each food to produce healthy dishes. We thrive on diversity. The flavors, textures and aromas of our dishes are real and they are wonderful.


Our intention is to serve great food and that’s what we do. It’s that simple.

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