Home to 161 residents of diverse cultural backgrounds, Bella Senior Care Residence strives to meet the nutritional needs of each individual living in our home. Upon admission into our home, individuals are met by the Food Service department to review any specific preferences the new resident may have. In both formal and informal settings (Dining Committee and Residents Council) residents are encouraged to provide input to the meals they are served. Alternatively, residents are able to call the Food Service Manager or the Assistant Food Service Manager and request a meeting to review the menus at any time.
Menus are constantly modified to suit the residents of our Home, with emphasis placed on the feedback provided. Two plated choices of entrée and dessert are offered at lunch and dinner and are presented to the resident, allowing them the opportunity to see the meals offered, prior to making their choice. The menus are changed twice yearly (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter) and reviewed by a Registered Dietician to ensure we are meeting guidelines set out by Canada’s Food Guide and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Registered Dietician is in the home weekly and provides valuable nutritional support for our residents.
The foodservices department at Bella is comprised of Certified Dietary Aides and Cooks. The staff are dedicated to providing quality meals and pleasurable dining experiences for our residents, and this is achieved through continuous quality auditing, staff meetings, and in-service education.
Within the home, there are six dining areas to accommodate our residents. Each dining area is spacious and well lit, with plenty of natural lighting and a fabulous view of our center courtyard. In the warmer months, the courtyard is used for monthly Barbecues, where residents may choose to eat their meal outside. There are also three private dining rooms within the home, where residents can have friends or family join them at any time.
Bella celebrates special events by offering meals geared to the occasion, such as Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas. Themed placemats and dinner napkins are used to decorate our tables, further enhancing the special event. Residents provide input to the menu choices and let our staff worry about the rest!
In collaboration with the Recreation Department, the Dietary department treats our residents to regular cooking and baking programs. Our second and third floor serveries are equipped with convection ovens, which allow the residents to prepare a recipe from start to finish. Many of the products made are offered at our bake sales, which occur frequently throughout the year.
Please click here to see a sample dietary menu