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Making Mealtimes 'Tastier' for OR Seniors

June 17, 2008

Oregon City, OR – Oregon nursing home operators are learning new ways to make residents feel at home – literally. They are part of a growing national movement to prompt eldercare facilities to become "real homes" to their residents – who, after all, actually do live there.

Four Oregon care facilities are at the forefront in this state. They're featured in a presentation on a new DVD showing how to serve meals in ways that are more comfortable and compatible with residents' needs. The coalition Making Oregon Vital to Elders (MOVE) made the video to train other care facilities and show residents' family members that nursing homes don't have to operate like institutions.

According to Lynda Crandall, a gerontological nurse practitioner and MOVE steering committee member, most nursing homes and long-term care facilities have run their foodservice programs more like a hospital's. The changes are part of a larger effort taking shape as the senior population grows.

"This is a movement across the whole country. We're trying to design environments that are not just homelike, but that are, indeed, home to the individuals who are residing in these settings."

Changing traditional mealtime preparation and service is only part of MOVE's larger goal, Crandall adds. Staff turnover is another challenge, but when residents have a better quality of life, she says the people taking care of them feel better, too.

"The program really was created to develop and sustain personalized communities, where older people and the people who work there can thrive. It's just as much about the staff as it is about the recipients of the care."

The Census Bureau estimates Oregon will have 741,000 senior citizens by the year 2015. Those who can't live on their own have more choice and independence when meals are served family-style or cafeteria-style, Scott says. MOVE is working on other tools to help nursing homes become more resident-friendly, too.

The "MOVEable Feast" DVD will be sold as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer coalition. The video "premieres" today at 1 p.m. at the Abernathy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City. More information about MOVE is available online at www.orculturechange.org.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR