The Fountains at Canterbury recently completed a large interior renovation to the Thrive Memory Care buildings in our community. The two houses are identical and can occupy approximately 16 residents per building. The houses were built in 1997 and just received a refresh with a beautiful kitchen, including new cabinets, counter tops, stoves, a state-of-the-art refrigerator, and an island for serving and prep work. Guests, family members, and residents were invited to see our new design in The Gardens with new colors of paint, new wall coverings and flooring, upscale furniture, modern artwork and accessories throughout. The Gardens residents are thrilled with all the changes, which also includes a remodeled fireplace in each house and flat screen TV’s above.
The Fountains is also launching a new Thrive Dining™ program, which is Watermark’s version of the Grind Dining program. The food items now being prepared are more appealing to the eye, easier to handle, and they have retained all the taste, texture, and flavors of the meals of the day. To quote the originators of this new concept, “The program focuses on independence, dignity and accessibility”. This program is also designed to make our residents healthier and reduce unintentional weight loss…plus bring the joy back to dining. The meals are served in one or two bite hors d’oeuvres, intended to be eaten by hand, the goal is to enjoy the food without utensils or distractions and without assistance with every meal. “This program uses technique with cooked and freshly ground proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates as a base for each entrée, said Kimberly Smith, Assistant Dining Services Director. “It increases nutritional value which in turn provides better clinical outcomes, some say it is a meal in a bite”.
At the Open House, several of the Thrive Dining™ foods were presented for guests to sample. We also offered a table of appetizers and pastries, along with wines, champagne, punch, and coffee to enjoy while touring our newly decorated homes. Directors and associates guided our visitors throughout, answering questions and stopping at the various stations set up to show our pantry program, our extraordinary outings, and some of the artwork our residents have been doing with the Arts Council therapists. Guests were also treated to the music of the Harpist who played for the event.